Keeping the water flowing
Ace World Companies brought Conductix-Wampfler in to be part of a massive undertaking to combat against the longstanding drought issue affecting Lake Mead.
In 2015, the Southern Nevada Water Authority began a $650 million project to construct a low-level pumping station to ensure water can still be fed to southern Nevada even if Hoover Dam is no longer able to. The pumping station is expected to be operational in 2020.
The project involves installing 22 low-lift pumps and 12 high-lift pumps that can pull up to 900 million gallons of water a day. The water comes from a 12,500sqft man made cavern, or forebay, 500ft below the pumping station.
Ace World supplied their 220USt gantry crane to handle piping and pumps. The crane has one main 220USt hoist and two 30USt auxiliary hoists, which are powered by four M line 0320-series I-beam festoons from Conductix-Wampfler.
Below the festoon, Conductix-Wampfler’s motor-driven cable reel provides runway power and feeds the cable into a trench protected by our Trenchguard system. The cable trench sits parallel to the crane’s rail track and protects the cable from vehicles, environmental conditions, and spillage.
The project called for the gantry crane to lower the pipe sections with the submersible pumps down each of the 34 vertical shafts. Each shaft is 500ft deep and 6ft across, which feeds directly into the forebay. The crane will remain in place should any of the pumps need to be retrieved for maintenance.
According to the Southern Nevada Water Authority, Lake Mead’s water levels have dropped more than 130ft since the drought began in 2002. The two main pumping stations go down to 1050 and 1000ft above sea level, respectively. At 875ft above sea level, the low-level pumping station ensures southern Nevada still receives its water supply when Hoover Dam’s water level falls below 895ft above sea level and is unable to discharge water downstream.