In-Ground Valve/Meter Assemblies

In-Ground Valve/Meter Assemblies

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In-Ground Valve & Mechanical Assembly

Are check valves necessary on each discharge line?

Yes, having a check valve on each discharge line is very important. The check valves keep the liquid that is being pumped from flowing back into the wet well through the pumps. The check valve can either be installed in the wet well or in a separate vault.

Do you offer flow metering with your lift station?

Yes, Romtec Utilities offers a wide variety of different option for flow metering of any water type. Romtec Utilities can provide physical flow metering in a precast concrete meter vault, which senses and records the actual water passing through the discharge piping. Romtec Utilities can also offer a control panel that can provide calculated flow rates, which uses the specified pumping rate in gallons per minute and the time of operation to calculate the flow.

Do you offer traffic rated hatches?

Yes, Romtec Utilities offers hatches with several different traffic ratings. The three main levels of traffic ratings we offer are H-20 occasional, H-20 full traffic loading, and H-20 aircraft loading.

Does Romtec Utilities design lift stations with ladders in the wet well, valve vault, or meter vault?

Yes, Romtec Utilities does design lift stations with ladders in the wet well, valve vault, or meter vault; however, Romtec Utilities does not always recommend installing a ladder into the wet well. There are added dangers associated with confined spaces filled with liquid. Instead, a crane can be used to pull components out of the wet well eliminating the need to enter the sump. Any ladder into the wet well, meter vault, or valve vault needs to meet OSHA requirements.

What are the advantages of restrained flange couplers?

Restrained flange couplers help connect flanged end pipes to plain end pipes. One end bolts to the flanged pipe and the other has bolts that lock down around the outside of the plain end pipe holding it in place (see figure below). One of the advantages to this kind of adapter is that it can connect a wide variety of pipe types where both pipes are the same material or different materials. You can mix pipe materials as long as the flanged end can bolt/fit onto the specified flanged pipe and the other receiving end is sized for the correct pipe material diameter. For example, it is quite common to use a pvc adapter to connect a plain end pvc pipe to a flanged pump elbow (often cast iron or other metals). The biggest advantage is often the flexibility of the connection. The restrained flange coupler offers a little movement for pipe alignments so small errors in alignment can be compensated for. This make pipe installation much easier especially in applications like wet well discharge piping where having a little “wiggle” room in to install the pipes (often above 10 ft in length) is almost necessary.

What are the differences between sealed and non-sealed plug valves?

Sealed and non-sealed plug valves each accomplish the same function in the system, but site layout and price can determine which type is used in the design. Site layout determines whether a valve vault is even a possibility. Valve vaults take up space, and some project sites do not allow for much construction outside the wet well. When a valve vault is not feasible, plug valves are located in the ground outside of the wet well, and are accessible through valve boxes, aka cans. These valve boxes allow for the operators to access the sealed valves and to manually change the valve parameters. While sealed valves are more expensive than non-sealed valves, the cost of a valve vault is far more expensive than using sealed valves with cans. When a valve vault is part of the design, non-sealed plug valves can be used. These valves are protected within the valve vault and are completely accessible to the lift station operators. However, some customers still want sealed service plug valves within a valve vault in case the vault were to flood.

What is a barrel gasket?

A barrel gasket is typically an isoprene tube (synthetic rubber) with its own lubrication that is placed between two precast concrete barrels. The gasket helps seal the manhole from water intrusion or leakage at the joints. Barrel gaskets are also made from other materials so that they can be used with different water types and water chemistry. Barrel gaskets are used in conjunction with tape coating and a concrete sealant to seal the joints in the manhole or sump.

What is Conseal?

Conseal is a sealant used to help seal the joint to joint connection of precast barrels in manhole structures and vaults. The Conseal used by Romtec Utilities is a butyl rubber sealant. This sealant is water tight and very resistant to shrinking, hardening, or oxidizing. Conseal is applied around the perimeter of the top joint’s lower lip on the lower barrel. A seal is formed when an upper barrel is stacked on top of a lower barrel. Conseal sealant is used in conjunction with a barrel gasket and tape coat to seal joints in concrete manholes supplied by Romtec Utilities.

What is tape coat?

Tape coat is a material used to help seal pre-cast concrete barrel joints in manholes. Tape coat is applied around the outside of each barrel joint to prevent leakage at the joint connection. Tape coat is a cold applied, self-adhering tape that helps bond the joints together. Tape coat is used in conjunction with barrel gaskets and Conseal sealant to seal joints in concrete manhole structures supplied by Romtec Utilities. Additionally, the tape coat used by Romtec Utilities is also environmentally friendly.

What type of fall protection if provided for a manhole when the hatch is open?

Romtec Utilities typically designs lift stations with a bright orange safety grate built into the hatch. The two piece safety grate lies underneath the hatch doors as a secondary fall protection for the well. Lifting the safety grate is assisted with compression springs to alleviate most of the weight.

Why should I include a pumping port in my lift station?

A pumping port provides a tie-in to the force main in case there is a problem with the lift station that causes the wet well to fill to capacity. This allows for an emergency mobile pumping system to drop in to the wet well and pump the inflow to the existing force main. The pumping port is located downstream of the check valve in either a valve vault or a separate enclosure. The check valve prevents the water from reentering the wet well. This method is an affordable way to prevent overflow in emergency scenarios; otherwise, the inflow would need to be pumped to trucks and hauled to a discharge point or treatment. Romtec Utilities always suggests designing a pumping port into a lift station package.

Why use an Air Release Valve (ARV)?

Air release valves (ARVs) are used to help resolve air entrapment issues. ARVs are typically located at high point elevations in force mains. The ARV released any entrapped air caught at the high point of the system (see image below 1). This air can come from pressure changes, the pumps, through any openings, and/or through fittings. There is air trapped at high point elevations because air is lighter then water and there is nothing forcing it down the pipe system. If this air is left in the system it can reduce efficiency or can cause water hammering. In more extreme cases it can cause a total “air lock” within the system. ARVs are also used in a lift station design when the piping leaving the system has a high point. For example, the force main may be slightly down hill or it could be an industrial site where the piping comes out the top but then descends again to be underground (see picture below). This is typically done so that the valves and pressure gauges can be above ground to help aid in maintenance. ARVs can also be placed inside a valve vault of the lift station for easy access for maintenance. Without the ARV, cavitation can occur along with the other problem listed above causing damage to the lift station and pumps.