Sunday, December 30, 2007

New Self-Priming, Sealless Magnetically Driven Thermoplastic Pumps

Chemical Online brings a news release of Vanton Pump & Equipment Corp:

This new VANTON line of heavy duty self-priming, magnetically driven horizontal end suction centrifugal pumps is provided with all fluid contact structural components molded from solid homogeneous thermoplastics such as polypropylene (P) and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF).

Unlike metals, nonmetallic materials do not corrode. In addition to their chemical inertness, the thermoplastics also offer superior abrasion resistance. These are not plastic-lined metal pumps. Vanton self-priming PG/CGM magnetically driven pumps are constructed with thick-sectioned, solid thermoplastic components that provide a greater degree of performance reliability, reduce maintenance costs, extend pump life and minimize downtime.

These magnetically driven self-priming thermoplastic pumps are recommended for use at temperatures to 275÷F, for flows from 5 to 175gpm at heads to 175 feet. Their unique integrally molded thermoplastic priming chamber and check valve construction maintains the prime during fluid flow interruptions, as well as when the system is shut down for standard maintenance. The pumps offer the following additional advantages:

- Dual nonmetallic containment can assembly with fluoropolymer inner can assembly backed by a rigid nonmetallic composite outer can. This construction avoids troublesome eddy currents and enhances efficiency.
- Teflon sleeve assembly that completely isolates the large diameter stainless steel shaft from the fluid.
- High performance permanent rare earth magnets with power ratings to 45 hp.
- Dynamically balanced closed vane thermoplastic impellers with molded-in stainless steel inserts.
- Wide-open fluid passages that provide for fresh liquid cooling and lubricating of the bearings, and inner magnet assembly.
- Suction port designed to allow for rotation.


Saturday, December 29, 2007

RM6 Mln For Repairs To Water Treatment Plants In Three Flood-hit States reports from Malaysia that the National Water Service Commission (SPAN) has estimated RM6 million for repairs to the water treatment plants as well as water pumps and intake pumps damaged by the recent floods in Pahang, Kelantan and Johor.

Its executive director Lee Koon Yew said of the total, RM3.5 million would be for Pahang, RM2 million for Johor and RM500,000 for Kelantan. He said the estimates were based on the extent of the damage to the water pumps which were submerged in floodwaters, and the intake pumps which were covered by sand, as well as for drilling works.

"Another estimated RM12 million will be needed to repair and upgrade the equipment of the Water Supply Department (JBA) nationwide," he told reporters after surveying the water treatment plant in Kampung Lubuk Kawah here today.

Lee said to avoid further damage to water infrastructure in future, a thorough study would be carried out before implementing any of the projects.Meanwhile, the Pahang JBA has assured residents that the state's water supply would return to normal by next week.

Its director Datuk Ismail Mohd Nor said the department, with the assistance of the army, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) and Puncak Niaga Holdings Berhad, was working round the clock to ensure that the 200,000 residents affected by the floods would be able to get back their water supply.

He said among the water treatment plants affected by the floods were at Sungai Bera, Chenor, Simpang Jengka, Pekan Tajau in Maran and Lubuk Kawah here. However, he said the plants in Chenor, Simpang Jengka and Pekan Tajau were now operational and able to supply water to some 80,000 residents in Maran since two days ago.

Republic Services outlines new timetable at Pike Township dump in note to Ohio EPA

Bob Downing reports at, the official website of the Akron Beacon, on the installation of new pumps to remove excess water from a troubled landfill in Stark County, which is expected to be completed by mid-February:

Building two relief wells will likely take until Feb. 29, said Florida-based Republic Services Inc., the parent company of Countywide Recycling & Disposal Facility in Pike Township.
The revised timetable is outlined in a recent letter from Republic Services to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

The timetable is expected to be part of new findings and orders from Ohio EPA Director Chris Korleski. The schedule was worked out between the company and the agency in two weeks of meetings about the fires and odors from the 258-acre landfill.

The initial EPA order called for the work to be completed by early December. However, the company needed more time. The latest plan calls for installing 37 additional dewatering pumps, along with related infrastructure, by Feb. 15, the company said.

In addition, new air compressors will be installed by Jan. 31 and two relief wells by Feb. 29, the company said.

Winter weather could affect that schedule, but the company will do its best to comply, said Clarke M. Lundell, the company's director of engineering.

The EPA in November had issued findings and orders, but those deadlines need to be revised.
The EPA said landfill fluids which may be contributing to the chemical reactions and fires are accumulating faster than expected, affecting the ability of gas extraction wells to do their job and slowing the process of liquid removal. The fluids also make the landfill less stable.

The agency said the landfill will produce about 25 million gallons of liquid runoff this year.
The chemical-laced liquid is hauled to sewage plants in northern Ohio for treatment and disposal.

Removing the excess liquid was ordered by EPA Director Chris Korleski as an initial step to extinguish the fires and as a way to slow the chemical reaction between the liquid and buried aluminum wastes.

Pumping off the excess liquid would help dry out and cool the landfill, the EPA said.
What happens after the liquids finally are removed will help shape the final remedy for the landfill, officials said.

The EPA could require Republic Services to cap the affected area with synthetic liners and install additional gas-extraction wells until the landfill is fully stabilized. That approach is preferred by the company, although it could take up to six years to be fully implemented.
Another option would be to order the company to excavate the landfill or a portion of it.

That would be a costly, time-consuming and risky proposition that would create big odor problems. Such a remedy might take two to seven years. In a related development, Republic Services last week released a report that it says shows temperatures dropping within the landfill.

That is evidence that the fires are ''under control and beginning to subside,'' the company said in a statement.

The evidence comes in the form of up to 250 temperature readings from gas-extraction wells within the landfill, especially the 88-acre tract where the fires and odor problems originated.

The trend over the last six months is a slight lowering in temperatures from 194 degrees to 190 degrees, said senior program manager Michael Beaudoin of Earth Tech Inc., a consulting firm.
That trend ''could indicate a lessoning of the reaction in the landfill,'' he said. ''This means the measures we are taking to remediate the landfill are working.''

Normal internal landfill temperatures run from 110 to 150 degrees. The highest temperature at Countywide is 240 degrees, the company said.

Berlin Technologies

Thursday, December 27, 2007

New Dry Vacuum Pump System Helps Producers Reduce Energy Costs and Improve Product Quality

ThomasNet brings a news release of Edwards (formely BOC Edwards) from Wilmington, MA. The company reports on a new mechanical oil-free vacuum system for degassing steel alloys, which offers dramatic savings in energy costs of more than 90% compared to traditional steam ejector systems.

Steel producers, and those making specialist alloys for aerospace and other applications, will find that the Edwards vacuum system could play a significant role in helping them reduce their carbon footprint. It is being launched, ahead of January 2008 when Phase II of the EU Energy Trading Scheme (Directive 2003/87/EC2) comes into force.

Under Phase ll the scope of the scheme is to be expanded to include all greenhouse gases, not just CO2 as now. Companies running energy intensive processes may well find themselves liable for significantly increased 'offsetting' costs as a result.

Vacuum degassing (VD) and vacuum oxygen decarburisation (VOD) are used in the production of speciality steel alloys to reduce the levels of hydrogen, carbon and other impurities during the secondary steel making process.

Traditionally producers have used large, energy-hungry multi-stage steam ejector systems, backed with liquid ring pumps. Such systems not only require consistent high quality steam, but can also suffer from fore-line dust deposits that develop into "cakes" making cleaning difficult.

The new dry pumping system from Edwards consists of HV30000, SN7000 and IDX1000 pumps arranged in three stages, pre-mounted, piped and fully wired on a two-part skid. Each skid is nominally capable of vacuum degassing around 23 tonnes of steel, so a number of skids can be mounted in parallel and integrated with the steel degassing tank to suit the required ladle size, typically up to 160 tonnes or more.

The oil-free vacuum pumps are ideally suited to pumping the off-gas mixture containing traces of metal and refractory dusts normally found in these processes.

The pumps are selected for each stage from Edwards' wide range of vacuum equipment and combined to make a system which is fully optimised to the pumping speed and compression requirements of the application. The result is a robust, high efficiency, expandable, modular design, easy to install and operate in typical steel degassing environments.

The energy costs associated with running the new system have been shown to be less than 10% of that for a steam ejector system in both VD and VOD applications. Further, quality of the final product is improved by using dry pumps.

Residual hydrogen is reduced because the back-streaming effect associated with steam ejector systems is eliminated, and because evacuation is faster, closer control of the chemistry is possible. As a result, manufacturers will be able to produce more consistent formulations, and to optimise their products for more specialist applications.

Other operational benefits include reduced maintenance, and easier cleaning and waste disposal.

For more information please check the company's website -


Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Vacuum Pump Inlet Trap Wall Mount Bracket Fits Any Laboratory

ThomasNet brings a news release of Mass-Vac, a provider of vacuum equipment, vacuum pump fluids and vacuum components:

A low-cost, vacuum inlet trap that is designed to prevent pump failures in smaller laboratories and features a new, optional wall mount bracket is being introduced by MV Products of North Billerica, Massachusetts.

The MV Visi®Trap Vacuum Inlet Trap has a clear sump for visually monitoring filter condition and accepts a variety of replaceable filter elements for trapping foreign materials that could damage the pump. Suitable for pumps up to 20 CFM, this see-thru inlet trap can adapt to different processes and is now offered with an optional wall mount bracket for easy installation.

Available with all popular port terminations, the MV Visi®Trap Vacuum Inlet Trap can be supplied with copper gauze, stainless steel gauze, molecular sieve, Sodasorb®, activated charcoal, activated alumina, and PolyPro 2-, 5-, and 20 µm filter types to protect pumps from particles, acids, solvents, or water vapor. Other options include a dial gauge assembly and vent valve.

The MV Visi®Trap Vacuum Inlet Trap is priced from $95.00, depending upon the filter media selected, and the wall mount bracket is $65.00. Technical specifications are available at


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Versa-Matic introduces new E7 Pump Line

ThomasNet brings us a news release of Versa-Matic, which introduces New E7 Pump Line:

Versa-Matic Pump Inc., a recognized leader in the design and manufacturing of air-operated double diaphragm (AODD) pumps and accessories, introduced today its new line of E7 ¾-inch aluminum diaphragm pumps.

With a port size of 0.75 inches and leak-free, bolted construction, the E7 pump is ideal for use in lubrication, tire filling, adhesive dispensing, OEM systems and many industrial applications.

Like other Versa-Matic pumps, the E7 pump features the exclusive Elima-Matic air valve system, which ensures non-stalling, non-icing, lube-free operation. The Elima-Matic technology also includes a shoe-valve design that prevents blow-by when the pump is online, but not in use.
The E7 ¾-inch pump line shares standardized parts that fit the popular Versa-Matic E5 ½-inch pump line for easy inventory management. E7 pumps are available in models that can be grounded and with either metallic or non-metallic air sections.

To learn more about Versa-Matic's pumping solutions, including the E7 pump line, please check their website -

Saturday, December 15, 2007

'Smart' Diaphragm for Signal Metering Pumps from Gee & Company

A news release from Gee & Company on a 'smart' diaphragm for signal metering pumps:

Improved operational safety and higher volumetric efficiency are among the benefits achieved by the introduction of new smart diaphragm technology to some of the heavy-duty dosing pumps in the Signal range.

The essence of the smart diaphragm is that it empowers the pump itself to decide when and how much oil is to be replenished. This process ensures that any hydraulic oil that is lost in normal operation - through the air bleed valve or via the built-in relief valve - is not only restored just when it is needed, but also in exactly the required quantity.

Claimed to be much more precise than less sophisticated replenishment systems, it avoids oil overfeeding as well as potential problems related to unexpected suction conditions that could lead to diaphragm rupture.

Now a standard feature on all models in the Signal S300 X range of spring-return and hydraulic diaphragm pumps, smart diaphragm technology is claimed to take operational safety to even higher thresholds. It ensures high volumetric efficiency at all stroke and pressure settings and is particularly effective at minimal operating pressures of below 1 bar.

With applications in the potable water, effluent treatment and industrial markets, these heavy-duty process pumps are able to operate continuously across a range of high performance and safety-critical applications. They partner other pumps in the Signal S300 series that feature such features as API 765 casings and double-diaphragms for inherent safety.

For further information please email Gee & Company.


Sunday, December 9, 2007

Diaphragm Metering Pump with Continuous Gear Lubrication

News release from Jaeco Fluid Systems:

JaecoFram 1(TM) hydraulically actuated diaphragm metering feature a patented, heavy-duty, continuously lubricated gear reduction system for improved pump performance and longer pump life. Proven in use for over fifty-five years JaecoFram pumps are specially designed for accurate, completely leak-proof metering of difficult-to-handle liquids.

Pump capacities range from 0.8 to 56 GPH at pressures up to 1,200 PSI with an accuracy of 0.5% at steady state.

Available in both simplex and duplex models, JaecoFram 1s have separate chambers for hydraulic fluid and gear lubricant making it possible to use the best medium for hydraulic diaphragm pulsing and the best medium for gear lubrication. Hydraulic actuation of the diaphragm minimizes diaphragm fatigue while a built-in hydraulic relief valve protects the pump. The result is better performance and longer life. Capacity is manually adjustable while pump is running or idle over a turn-down ratio of 10:1. Capacity is also easily automated using a variable-speed drive.

Liquid ends are available from stock in 316 stainless steel, PVC, Alloy 20 or Hastelloy-C. JaecoFram 1 pumps are supplied on base plate with or without motor. A wide range of motor options and accessories are available.

Jaeco also manufacturers packed plunger metering pumps with capacities from 0.38 to 682 GPH at pressures up to 7,200 PSI, stainless steel (SS) ball and poppet check valves and SS compression fittings.

Berlin Technologies

Monday, December 3, 2007

World Compressors and Vacuum Pumps Market to Exceed US$11.8 Billion by 2010

Global Industry Analysts, Inc., a reputed publisher of off-the-shelf market research, publish a new research on the global Compressors and Vacuum Pumps market.

According the news release of Global Industry Analyst, World Compressors and Vacuum Pumps market is forecast to maintain a CAGR of 5.61% over the 2003-2012 analysis period and exceed US$11.8 billion by 2012. Compressors dominate the global market for Compressors and Vacuum Pumps, with a share estimated at 75.3% in 2007. In terms of growth, however, Vacuum Pumps segment is forecast to surpass Compressors, with a projected CAGR of 6.48% over 2003-2012.

More on the reserach can be found on the news release and on


Friday, November 30, 2007

Foes of pumps in Delta ready to get their say

Natalie Chandler of the brings us the following story:

Protesters of a $220 million pump project in the lower Mississippi Delta region, some of whom have fought the plan for decades, say they will continue voicing their dissatisfaction at a public hearing Thursday.

At the 7 p.m. meeting at the Mayersville Courthouse, written comments will be accepted until Jan. 22, along with opinions that will be used to determine whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will move forward with the project designed to drain wetlands, farmland and forests.
In its final report, issued last week, corps officials said they have considered more than 4,000 public comments for the Yazoo Backwater Project. It would build a pump station to drain areas north of Vicksburg.

Corps officials said the plan would reduce flooding in a 100-year flood event by up to 4.5 feet, and Mississippi's congressional delegation has supported the plan.

But critics contend it would waste hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars and negatively impact the same amount of acres of wetlands.

Two wildlife refuges and a black bear habitat also would be harmed, they said. "We've been opposed to the project for the last 40 years, and we'll continue to oppose it," said Cathy Shropshire, executive director of the Mississippi Wildlife Federation. Corps officials have denied protesters' allegations the project would drain 200,000 acres of Mississippi Delta wetlands.

The pump station would not be turned on until 200,000 acres are flooded as part of the annual flood, and those acres would remain flooded during pump operation, they said.
The 40-year-old project has changed over the years because of the public's concern, they added.

The final plan "provides less flood control benefits but more environmental benefits," said Kent Parrish, the corps' senior project manager.

"We are offering to reforest all the lands below the one-year flood plain," he said.
Up to 55,600 acres could be reforested if landowners agree, Parrish said. To protect the environment, officials plan to buy 10,000 acres before the pump is operating, he said.
But critics have said the agency's plans would not fix enough of the areas that would be destroyed.

Environmental Protection Agency officials and the White House also have objected to the project. The EPA said the pumps would harm the environment.

In a mass e-mail encouraging opposition to the plan, advocates with the Gulf Restoration Network called it "a boondoggle of the greatest magnitude."

"If approved, the Yazoo Pumps would be the world's largest pumping system and would cost federal taxpayers over $211 million," the e-mail said.

In a throwback to another era - and contrary to federal wetland policy - the pumps would be used to drain wetlands to allow more intensive agricultural production on floodplain lands."
A decision on the project isn't expected soon.

It could be "months or years" before officials decide whether to move forward, Parrish said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Feds tell Indian Point to fix pumps

This news comes from India (from The Journal News):

Indian Point doesn't need 14 months to fix a chronic sump pump problem that could prove critical in a nuclear reactor emergency, Nuclear Regulatory Commission documents show.

Company officials failed to make "a convincing case" to delay completion of the Indian Point 3 work until a refueling shutdown in the spring of 2009, according to a Nov. 20 letter from the NRC, obtained by The Journal News.

The project was supposed to be finished by Dec. 31, the letter says; the company expects to complete similar pump work at Indian Point 2 during that reactor's refueling outage in the spring.

"The issue is they wanted additional time," said NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan. "The commission has been very concerned about the lack of progress on this. It's been going for years and the industry has been well-briefed."

Company spokesman Jim Steets said Entergy will work as quickly as possible to complete the work.

The sump pumps work like industrial-sized versions of what many people have in their basements. They would collect water in the event of a major pipe break in the pressurized-water reactors at Indian Point, and cycle it back through the system to keep the reactor from melting down and possibly releasing radiation.

Entergy officials, who asked for extensions for both plants in an Oct. 24 letter to the NRC, were granted three months for Indian Point 2, but not for Indian Point 3. Steets said that Entergy would submit a revised completion schedule and work to complete the project as quickly as possible.

"We will do it between now and the next outage," he said. "We've already done a significant amount of work, and we're evaluating whether we can finish it offline or not. It may take a brief outage."

The reactors are each estimated to make as much as $1 million a day when working at full capacity. Steets said yesterday that a preliminary estimate of shutdown time to complete the work is "several days."

In 2003, the NRC ordered Indian Point and the 68 other reactors to inspect these systems because agency studies found that the steam released at high temperatures could cause the pipe insulation to disintegrate and keep the pumps from recirculating water.

The sump studies clearly stated that installing ancillary safe-guards would not be adequate to prevent the clogging. "Years ago, the NRC identified this (problem) and told the utilities to address it," Sheehan said. "Progress has been slow, but now we are nearing the end of the modifications for the plants. Indian Point is one of the last left to address it."

A recent Entergy report to the NRC states that the company completed extensive modifications to the containment sumps at both units during recent outages. The work included installing 3,000 square feet of strainers, trash racks, new pumps and other flow barriers to prevent clogging the intake of the emergency recirculation pumps.

Completing the work can be done while a reactor is online, according to Entergy's report, but not as easily as when the plant is shut down, since it involves entry into the reactor's containment area. The federal agency doesn't have a problem with the corrections proposed, but when they'll be accomplished.

"After reviewing Entergy's submittal, the NRC staff concludes that Entergy has a plan to complete the remaining corrective actions and has compensatory measures in place," the Nov. 20 letter stated. "However, NRC finds that Entergy has not made a convincing case why the proposed modifications and other changes cannot be accomplished before the next refueling outage."

NRC officials said Entergy can submit another extension request for NRC consideration, "proposing a shorter extension consistent with the time needed to prepare for and implement remaining corrective actions."

Berlin Technologies

CU buys pumps to avoid dry patches brings you the following news from Springfield, Missouri:

With its lakes dwindling again, City Utilities has bought the rented pumps that kept the city's reservoirs from dropping dangerously low during last year's record-breaking drought.

Gary Gibson, CU's manager of distribution, said the utility has spent $880,000 to buy and reinstall the floating pump system at Stockton Lake.
The three floating pumps and two larger shore-mounted pumps can deliver up to 14 million gallons a day to CU's Fellows Lake north of Springfield. Components of the floating system will arrive at Stockton Lake on Monday.

"This gives us some time to look at what our permanent pump system should be," Gibson said.
If bad weather doesn't delay the installation, the pumps could begin refilling Fellows Lake by the end of December.

CU normally turns on its Stockton pumps when its two storage lakes — Fellows and McDaniel — drop to 75 percent of capacity.

Last week the lake storage levels were at 77 percent and dropping about 1 percent every five days due to lack of rainfall and steady demand by CU water customers. CU was forced to rent a temporary system last year when all three of the utility's massive 6-ton submerged pumps failed at the Stockton pumping facility.

The pumps, manufactured by Vermont-based Hayward-Tyler Inc., were repeatedly repaired, but failed again in recent months and were sent back for another round of repairs. Gibson said Hayward-Tyler has fixed one of the $500,000 pumps, and CU plans to install it. "But we've decided to hold off on repairing the other two for now," he said. "Their general manager will be here in December to meet with us about the pumps and also about what their commitment level is to keeping these pumps running."

Vince Conte, Hayward-Tyler general manager, declined to talk about the December meeting or about the performance of his company's pumps. He referred all questions about the pumps to CU. Gibson said CU might consider reinstalling the Hayward-Tyler pumps if the company would guarantee the repairs and if there were reason to believe the pumps would perform reliably.
"But based on last year's issues, we have a lot of questions about that," Gibson said.

It costs CU $25,000 just to pull one of the pumps from its underwater tube, and repairs have been averaging about $150,000 each, Gibson said.

Hayward Tyler has made some of the repairs under warranty, but not all of them. If CU and Hayward-Tyler decide to part ways over the latest pump failures, Gibson said, the utility might seek some amount of financial compensation. He declined to say how much. "If it gets to that point, that's something the lawyers will have to negotiate," he said.

The latest pump failures forced CU to contemplate building a more reliable system. CU hired Texas engineering company Freese and Nichols for $118,000 to evaluate the cost and feasibility of three options. One would use parts from the rented system that has now been purchased. It would put smaller pumps into the submerged pipes at Stockton and push water up to large shore-mounted pumps.

Another idea involves drilling a vertical well on shore and then angling the hole to the lake.
"It's much easier to pump water vertically like that, and since the pump is on land it would be easier to service and maintain," Gibson said.

A third concept would involve building a concrete intake structure in the lake, with a pump inside that would deliver water to shore. "Of course with in-water construction, your costs go up," he said. "That's what Freese and Nichols will be looking at." The company has until mid-February to deliver its report.

Without any cost estimates or a final decision on the Hayward-Tyler pumps, Gibson said it's too soon to say whether the pump issues might increase CU water customers' bills. The utility just raised water rates in October, and another is planned for October next year to help pay for water system improvements.

Whether those higher rates are enough to absorb a new Stockton Lake pumping system remains unknown. Gibson said the pump problems have served as an eye-opener.
"Water is a resource we can't take for granted, as we found out last year with the drought," he said. "I'd encourage everyone to do what you can to conserve water when you can."

Berlin Technologies

Friday, November 23, 2007

Water firm to spend £16m on pumps

The BBC News is reporting today on Yorkshire Water, a water company from Yorkshire that was criticised over the summer floods in Hull, has announced it is to spend £16m on improving the city's pumping stations.

The article can be found on the BBC website.

Berlin Technologies


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Further details and photos can be found on the ad.

Berlin Technologies

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Flowserve Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend of 15 Cents Per Share

Flowserve Corp., one of the world’s leading providers of fluid motion and control products and services, announced last Thursday (Nov 15) that its Board of Directors has authorized the payment of a quarterly cash dividend of 15 cents per share on the company's outstanding shares of common stock.

The dividend is payable on January 9, 2008, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 26, 2007.

Operating in more than 55 countries, Flowserve produces engineered and industrial pumps, seals and valves as well as a range of related flow management services. More information about Flowserve can be obtained by visiting the company’s website at

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Village to buy sump pumps for residents

Catherine Ann Velasco of The Herald News reports the following story:

Village to buy sump pumps for residents

To help residents with flooding problems, the village board agreed to buy as many as 12 outside sump pumps costing up to $144,000 and a $70,331 storm sewer for one homeowner.

The board agreed Nov. 5 to purchase a new 48-inch storm sewer for the home at 12933 Tipperary Lane in the King's Crossing subdivision. Resident Kevin Kroll, who moved into his home in late 2004, said he noticed his sump pump was operating more frequently than expected.

The storm sewer, which is 6 feet from the home, complied with the village's old building codes. The developer has tested and tried to seal the storm sewer, but there is still some water loss, which can occur from a large diameter storm sewer pipe.

Because the developer and staff have been unable to reach an agreement, Allen Persons, director of public works, suggested that the village install a new storm sewer about 20 feet from Kroll's foundation. The old storm sewer will be filled with concrete once the new storm sewer is operational.

Sump pumps a remedy

Purchasing outside sump pumps for residents in Arbor subdivision was offered as a remedy to long-term water problems. The ground water table is high in that area, and the home foundations are low.

Some residents in the neighborhood, which is east of Illinois 59 and south of Feeney Drive, say they have had water issues.

Three residents have asked to have outside sump pumps installed, Persons said. There are about 12 homes that were constructed at the lower elevation and may be eligible for the sump pumps. The village would evaluate requests based on need.

The water pumped by the outside sump pumps will discharge into the storm sewers.
"The outside sump pumps really take over the work that the inside sump pumps are currently doing," Persons said. "The intent is to take the water or remove it before it even reaches the inside sump pump. It will reduce the noise that homeowners hear as their sump pumps kick on and off."

The intent is that the homeowner will maintain the pump after it is installed, which is similar to a program the city of Joliet offers.

"Joliet's program actually totals $2 million. They offer approximately 150 of these outside sump pumps for their residents every year," Persons said.

Workshop meeting

Since July, village staff have met with homeowners, conducted tests, inspected storm sewers and repaired field tiles. The village also hired hydrogeologist John Jansen to review the situation and suggest solutions.

Jansen said installing a line of dewatering wells along Arbor Drive or installing external sump pumps at the 12 homes with the worst problems could help.

At a workshop meeting in October, resident Jeffrey Valenti told officials he found documents showing lower foundation elevations for the homes were approved by an engineering firm despite the potential for water problems.

Last week, the board agreed to Persons' request to hold a workshop meeting to look at the process of how the decisions were made in building Arbor subdivision in order to prevent this error from occurring again.

Reporter Catherine Ann Velasco can be reached at (815) 729-6051 or


Supper Rugged Packed Plunger Metering Pump

News from Jaeco Fluid Systems - check out their latest news release:

JaecoPak (TM) packed plunger metering pumps feature super rugged construction, including continuously lubricated bronze gears immersed in oil, super heavy duty cast iron housings and specially engineered liquid ends for longer pump life.

Proven in use for over fifty-five years, these positive displacement pumps provide virtually maintenance-free accurate metering of both chemicals and solutions. Available in both simplex and duplex, field convertible models, pump capacities range from 0.38 to 150 GPH at pressures up to 2,000 PSI with an accuracy of ± 0.5% at steady state.

Pump capacity is manually adjustable from 0 to 100% by varying piston stroke length, but only while the pump is stopped, as a safety precaution and for tamper resistance. Capacity is also easily automated using a variable-speed drive.

A single ball check valve, standard on both suction and discharge side of pump, provides accurate metering and fast response. The valve ball turns with the fluid flow, constantly presenting a new face to the seat, while also making it self-cleaning.

Pump arms can be reversed to reduce footprint. Duplex pump pistons are normally 180° out of phase, but can be synchronized so that two fluids can be pumped simultaneously. Different size pistons can be used on each side of duplex pumps to produce different outputs.

Liquid ends are available in 316 stainless steel or Alloy 20 from stock. JaecoPak pumps are supplied on base plate with or without motor. A wide range of motor options and accessories are available.

Jaeco also manufacturers Diaphragm metering pumps with capacities from 0.8 to 56 GPH at pressures up to 1,200 PSI, stainless steel (SS) ball and poppet check valves and SS compression fittings.

For more information contact: Rich Murdy, Jaeco Fluid Systems, Inc., 17 Lee Blvd., Suite, D, Malvern, PA 19355-1234. Toll Free: 877-778-3456, Fax: 610-407-7211, e-mail:, web: