A Pumping Operation That Is No “Big Easy”

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When the majority of your city is below sea level and even minor rainfall can require activation of city pumps, you need to be prepared for rain.

So it is for the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, the water utility serving every household in the New Orleans city limits and responsible for drainage operations throughout the city as well as water and wastewater treatment. More than 90 per cent of the rainfall that occurs in that beautiful city requires some amount of additional pumping. This pumping is run by power generated by the water utility, which, of course, must manage the costs of equipment and personnel involved.

More importantly, the utility must make certain power generation is scheduled properly to meet the demand of drainage pumps operation.

That’s why it has relied, for more than 25 years, on Schneider Electric’s top-rated weather forecasts that provide the accurate rainfall forecasts needed to implement efficient and effective pumping operations. Accurate forecasts ensure that dollars and manpower are used wisely and appropriately to best meet the challenges of a city located below sea level. With no natural runoff and tropical weather events of particular concern, this trusted technology helps the utility meet its mission for the city of New Orleans.



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