Peristaltic technology brings benefits over rotor and stator pumps

ST water install Watson-Marlow pumps at Bamford water treatment worksProcess Engineers at a water treatment works (WTW) are benefiting from accurate chemical dosing, reduced maintenance and reliable operation thanks to the replacement of rotor and stator pumps with peristaltic technology. The Bredel peristaltic hose pumps were installed at Bamford Water Treatment Works as part of a project to optimise performance at the site.

An integral part of the water treatment process at Bamford is the addition of lime slurry, to control the pH of the water. Water entering the works is dosed with ferric sulphate and a polyelectrolyte and brought to a pH of between 4.7 and 5.1. If the water is lower than this pH, it is dosed with lime in order to bring it up to the required level. The water is then fed from the clarifiers onto a bank of RG filters. At this stage Sodium Hypochlorite is added as a disinfectant.

Just before the water leaves the site, further alkaline lime slurry is metered to the supply in order to maintain the required pH level. The lime raises the pH to around 8/9, which assists in the removal of naturally occurring manganese.

Bamford WTW, which is owned and operated by Severn Trent Water, had previously been using rotor and stator pumps for this purpose – although two Watson-Marlow pumps had been used on the site for kalic dosing for several years. The rotor and stator pumps were removed as part of the AMP3 capital programme to upgrade the site and were replaced with a range of Watson-Marlow peristaltic hose pumps. The hose pumps have been in operation since the upgrading programme in approximately 1988.

According to the works manager at Bamford Works, the Bredel hose pumps offer significant advantages over the previous pump types. “Because there are no glands – there are no leaks, which was always an issue with the rotor and stators. The other important thing for us is that when the tube needs replacing, it’s simply a case of a single step operation to complete the task.”

The process control engineers at Bamford WTW opted for a range of Bredel hose pumps to handle the lime dosing. The larger Bredel 40's (maximum flow 6000 l/hr, discharge pressure 16 bar) and Bredel 32's (maximum flow 3400 l/hr, discharge pressure 16 bar) are situated at the north end of the site where the dosing demand is greatest. The smaller units are used at the south end of the plant.

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