Siza Water is working on a number of projects to improve its services to the North Coast.
From solar panels to variable speed drives, right through to simple standpipe replacement, it’s all technical jargon but let’s break it down.
Siza Water have started a project which will see to the replacement of standpipes within its concession area – these have been redesigned to also allow for dual taps and, the design is more robust and steady.
The design hopes to curve vandalism and theft.
Improving its security aspects and ensuring a spotlight is placed on all pump stations and reservoirs, Siza Water will be installing solar lights at these sites ensuring that infrastructure remains well-lit, further acting as a deterrent to would-be-thieves.
To reduce its reliance on electricity, Siza Water is also investing in advanced solar technology at its Frasers and Sheffield treatment plants.
Siza Water trainee engineer, Kimolin Venkatasen said: “With this project, we aim to operate a section of the treatment works off the grid during daytime.
Further reducing electrical needs, the installation of variable speed drives – this allows pumps to ramp up and down gradually, reducing water hammer and pressure on pipelines – will see to the reduction of the start up current.
“It’s also about proper water service delivery, Venkatasen said.
“We will be replacing the asbestos cement pipelines at Zen Drive, Basil Hulett, Wilkes and Lenora Drive – this is part of a larger asbestos water pipe replacement project and we are planning to institute reliable water control measures to reduce water losses on old infrastructure,” he said.