Whyberton Marsh Pumping Station

High Water Levels
Pump stations
Location: 
Whyberton Marsh
Customer: 
Whyberton Marsh pumping station
Problem: 

Black Sluice IDB protects a large area of Lincolnshire, stretching from Sleaford to the coast, that is home to 500m miles of waterways and 34 pumping stations. One of these pumping stations proved invaluable in the fight to protect Wyberton, a coastal area to the south east of Boston district. 

Solution: 

Thanks to the WaStop’s versatile functionality, it is used around the globe in a wide range of different situations. While most WaStops are installed to protect either individual or groups of homes, Black Sluice IDB found an innovative use that helped protect an entire district.

Location: Whyberton Marsh 

Customer: Whyberton Marsh pumping station 

Problem: 

Black Sluice IDB protects a large area of Lincolnshire, stretching from Sleaford to the coast, that is home to 500m miles of waterways and 34 pumping stations. One of these pumping stations proved invaluable in the fight to protect Wyberton, a coastal area to the south east of Boston district. 

Solution: 

Thanks to the WaStop’s versatile functionality, it is used around the globe in a wide range of different situations. While most WaStops are installed to protect either individual or groups of homes, Black Sluice IDB found an innovative use that helped protect an entire district.  

The Wyberton Marsh pumping station came into its own during the major flood of 2013, when a breach in the flood defences at Slippery Gowt caused tidal water to flood into the landward feeder drains. Early activation of the 3 large pumps minimised damage to farmland and residential properties, as they extracted approx. 3 tons of water a second from the overloaded drainage system. One of the reasons the pumping station was able to operate despite the flood was the installation of 3 WaStop non-return valves. When idle, pumps are susceptible to water backflowing up the outlet pipes, which can potentially prevent them from starting. Fortunately for the residents of Wyberton, Black Sluice IDB takes a holistic approach to water management in their district. Which means they were aware of this risk and had already invested in WaStop valves for each pump outlet, to prevent tidal water from flooding the pumps. The WaStop has many attributes that make it ideal for protecting pumping stations in this way. Firstly, it will operate at any angle as it doesn’t rely on gravity to close. In other words, the outlet pipe need not be horizontal, which allows far more flexibility in positioning without having to modify the pipe. Secondly, once installed the WaStop is contained entirely within the outlet pipe. This protects the valve from any damage or obstructions caused by debris. Hopefully Wyberton will never have to deal with a similar situation again. But if they do, the pumping station and its WaStop high outfall level protection will be ready for it. 

Thanks to Aquatic Control Engineering for supplying this information. www.aquaticcontrol.co.uk 

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