The Little Calumet River Basin and the Army Corps of Engineers are jointly responsible for maintaining and operating 12 pump stations in northwest Indiana. Under present conditions, the pumps are useless in evacuating storm water during power outages. Because most power outages are the result of severe weather, pumps are failing during periods of critical demand.
S/E began the process with a detailed engineering study to analyze the demands and specifications of the pump station at Burr Street in Gary, IN. From there, a reliable back-up power system featuring a heavy-duty Caterpillar® generator was designed and installed. To accommodate the new generator, the pump station layout had to be enlarged, which included a new concrete pad, retaining wall and safety handrail.
With an efficient and reliable solution in place, the Little Calumet River Basin has contracted S/E to implement similar systems for the 11 other pump stations along the Little Calumet River. Overall, this new back-up system will improve the reliability to evacuate storm water and avoid costly flood damages in the future.
- Construction Management