Field Services

Field Services

Overview Video


Overview Video

Field Services

Can Romtec Utilities provide installation or construction services?

Yes, Romtec Utilities can provide installation services. Our construction management staff and installation technicians will ensure that the site is prepared and that the lift station is installed correctly. Typically, we utilize local subcontractors to provide equipment and labor at lower cost. Romtec Utilities works with customers to map out every step of the process, from permitting to construction and through start-up.

Can you help me design my lift station?

Yes, Romtec Utilities offers engineering services to help design your lift station. We employ both structural/mechanical and electrical engineers that are here to help. Once the design criteria are provided, Romtec Utilities can help guide a project from preliminary designs all the way to construction. Romtec Utilities will also provide site layouts, a complete written submittal in CSI format, manufacturing and packaging of the lift station, and the complete supply of components.

Can you perform the lift station start-up using generator power?

Yes, but it always creates problems. Romtec Utilities has performed system start-ups on generator power but prefers that the system start-up take place on utility power in order to troubleshoot any problems by mirroring normal running conditions. If the utility power is incorrectly phased, the control panel and the overall lift station will not function. As part of the lift station start-up, Romtec Utilities ensures that the power has been connected in the proper manner to ensure that the pumps function as designed. Although Romtec Utilities provides built-in phase rotation protection, mixing up the power phases during install could run the pumps in the wrong directions or in a manner that is harmful to the mechanical systems.

Does Romtec Utilities conduct site visits prior to designing a lift station?

Yes, Romtec Utilities has sent engineers to visit proposed lift station sites prior to designing the system; however, the overwhelming majority of projects can be designed and completed with information from existing site drawings, surveys, project engineers, and local utilities departments.

Does Romtec Utilities design lift stations for other applications than stormwater and wastewater?

Yes, Romtec Utilities designs lift stations for an infinite variety of unique applications. Romtec Utilities has supplied lift stations for liquid natural gas plants, oil refineries, classified military installations, food processing plants, large scale irrigation for commercial farming, power generation facilities, and more. Romtec Utilities is always willing to tackle special-requirement projects.

Does Romtec Utilities include a site plan in its design?

Romtec Utilities does not conduct a survey for a site plan. If a site plan is provided, Romtec Utilities will propose advantageous locations or configurations and locate the lift station accordingly.

Does Romtec Utilities need a site plan to design my lift station?

No, Romtec Utilities can design a lift station without a site plan as long as the necessary elevations an peak inflow is provided. Romtec Utilities does recommend providing a site plan to help verify that the system will fit into the overall project. A site plan will also aid in construction when the installers and field advisors are setting the system into the ground.

Does Romtec Utilities retrofit or repair existing pump stations?

Yes, Romtec Utilities has designed solutions for many pump stations needing repair or retrofit work. Not every job requires a brand-new, complete system. Romtec Utilities has supplied packages capable of updating or modernizing specific aspects of an existing pump stations. In some cases, the existing sump can be retained while a Romtec Utilities package is supplied to provide the electrical and mechanical components. Romtec Utilities can design any system to fit within your design criteria and specifications.

Does your lift station pricing include delivery?

Yes, Romtec Utilities includes the cost of delivery for every packaged lift station to the job site in the total pricing. Supply costs are included in complete systems as well as repair or retrofit packages. Romtec Utilities also includes an onsite construction adviser to oversee the offloading and installation of the lift station by the contractor.

How long does it take to manufacture a complete package lift station?

In a standard size and configuration, the complete package lift station with all structural, mechanical, and electrical will be manufactured and delivered in fewer than seven weeks. It typically takes four weeks to manufacture and deliver all of the structural and mechanical components. The pumps and control panel will typically take another two to three weeks.

What components make up a standard wet well configuration?

A typical sump or wet well will include the concrete or fiberglass barrels; an access hatch; an inlet line (piping) with a deflector panel or drop bowl; the pumps, guide rails, elbows, and discharge piping; and the level sensing devices.

What does a Romtec Utilities construction advisor do on site?

The construction advisor’s main role is to answer the contractor’s questions and to provide suggestions if and when installation issues occur. The advisor is not there to direct the contractor’s workers or to inspect the lift station. It is the contractor’s responsibility to make sure there is adequate equipment for lifting the concrete and enough workers to properly install the lift station.

What does the start-up technician check before starting the pump station for the first time?

The Romtec Utilities start-up technician follows a Field Start-Up Report that is configured to each specific system. Our technician will typically run through these assessments before starting-up the lift station: Structural/Mechanical Construction, Electrical Construction and Connections, Water Availability, Pump and Pump Control Data, Communication Equipment, Physical Inspections, Back-Up Power Generator (if applicable), Pre-Start-Up Pump Electrical Checks, Operational Checks, Draw Down Test, Pressure Readings, Primary and Secondary Level Sensing.

What information do you need to start a pump station design?

Romtec Utilities needs a few pieces of basic information to begin a preliminary pump station design. The design starts with providing the expected peak inflow in gallons per minute. The second piece of information needed is the calculated total dynamic head or the elevation change across the force main. Along with this information, the overall length and internal diameter of the force main is also needed. Finally, the elevation of the deepest inlet line below grade is needed to propose the depth of the sump. This basic information will yield a preliminary design that is typically comparable to the final design in terms of price and supply.

What information is needed the the design criteria of a pump or lift station?

For typical design criteria, Romtec Utilities requires information about the force main such as whether or not the force main is new or existing, the material of the force main, the force main length and diameter, and finally the force main elevations. Romtec Utilities also requires information about the inlet line such as, elevations and the expected peak flow. A lift station design criteria will also need to specify electrical requirements such as the available power supply, requirements for a generator (on-site or portable), and necessary weather protection structures or buildings.

What is included in an Operation & Maintenance manual from Romtec Utilities?

The Operation & Maintenance manual is provided by Romtec Utilities after a pump station is installed and started up. This manual contains the complete information of the specific pump station for which it was written. First, The O&M manual lists all of the contact information for Romtec Utilities support and the manufacturers of the components in the system. After that, information is about the scope of supply, warranty, permits, start-up reports, and inspections are documented. These pages provide a clear outline of the pump station, how it was built, and what roles participants played. After that, the O&M manual includes all of the component and production drawings of the system. The electrical drawings and wiring schematics are also included. Finally, the O&M manual includes all of the various data sheets and specifications for the individual system components, such as the pumps and level-sensing devices.