The City of Atlanta operates 16 pump stations (14 permanent
and two temporary) that collect and pump wastewater from the
sanitary and combined sewer collection network to the City’s
four water reclamation centers. Each station consists of one
or more pumps or sewage ejectors that push untreated wastewater
into a force main, then transmits the flow to a WRC for treatment.
The City has undertaken a series of projects to upgrade these
pump stations. Facilities at all sites are being provided with
new pumps or parts that will improve reliability of the pump
station operations. Pumps and valves are being replaced, grit
chambers upgraded, and gas monitors installed. At the 14 permanent
pump stations, new telemetry panels transmit data to a monitoring
center, thereby eliminating the need for manual facility inspection
two or three times daily and enabling fast response by a trained
crew when needed. This improved system will decrease the incidence
of sewage overflow and protect groundwater and area streams.