December 22, 2009

Gwinnett County DWR implements Derceto Aquadapt

The Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources (DWR) supply drinking water for Gwinnett County residents  and some neighboring communities in Georgia. Water from Lake Lanier is supplied by the Shoal Creek Filter Plant  and the Lanier Filter Plant via 18 pump stations and 17 finished water storage tanks including clearwells.

In the Fall of 2006, the Gwinnett County DWR hired CH2M HILL and Derceto to study the feasibility of an energy management and operations optimization system (EMS) for the Water Production Division. The feasibility study was completed in January 2007 and the study concluded that there was the potential for Gwinnett DWR to realize significant savings and operational benefits from implementation of a real-time online EMS system. Energy cost savings available through implementation of real-time EMS are projected to be approximately 11% of the energy costs. Based on these expected benefits, a Detailed Design contract was awarded to CH2M HILL and Derceto in 2008.

The Detailed Design of the Gwinnett County DWR EMS system was completed in March of 2009 and showed additional savings and benefits, leading to the decision to proceed immediately into a full implementation project for the entire water distribution system. The Derceto Aquadapt EMS system was completed by mid December 2009.

In describing the Derceto AQUADAPT system installation and support, Water Production Director Neal Spivey recently said, “We have completed installation, commissioning and training of the Derceto Energy Management Software in the Water Production Division. Derceto engineers were most recently on-site for about five weeks getting our operations staff comfortable with this new technology. This software is now controlling production plant rates, raw water and high service pump scheduling, booster pump station operations, and filling tanks in the water distribution system. It has quickly become a very important part of the water delivery process to Gwinnett County residents.”   

In the news |  The Derceto Aquadapt installation for Gwinnett County DWR made the local GBC News - December 22, 2009 (YouTube video)  

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