OCWA has completed a major improvement project at the Seneca and Thurber Street pump stations. These two pump stations were constructed by Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse in the early 1970’s as part of the Southern Branch Water System which supplies water to the surrounding areas of the City, the Southwood area and portions of the Town of Onondaga. The Southern Branch Water system was operated and maintained by the City of Syracuse until recently when OCWA took over the operations and maintenance of the system. With the pump stations being over 40 years old, they were in need of significant maintenance renovations.
With significant maintenance work being needed, OCWA took the opportunity to evaluate all aspects of the facilities and chose to implement our 7G sustainability practices for the operation of the facilities. The evaluation culminated in the construction project which included replacement of the roofs with an increased layer of insulation, conversion of electric heat to gas heat, upgrade of the electrical service, replacement of lights with more efficient modern lighting, replacement of the pumps and motors with high efficiency equipment, and installation of backup generators for improved reliability of the system. Construction began in the fall of 2012, continued through 2013, and will have a few minor follow-up items completed in 2014.
The major work completed for the facilities was the replacement of the pumps and installation of the generators. During the replacement of the pumps, temporary pumps were placed outside of the pump stations. The temporary pumping system allowed service to continue throughout the project. We thank the neighbors for their understanding and patience during the construction. No major changes were made to the structures themselves. The improvements have resulted in a 30% reduction of energy usage at the pump stations, have created a more reliable water system, and have given the pump stations the ability to serve the area for another 40 years.
This project was recognized as an Environmental Project of the Year by the CNY American Public Works Association at their awards ceremony in November of 2013.