Over 300 residents living in Preston County, West Virginia recently upgraded to municipal water supply due to the pre-77 mining that had been affecting the quality of water in wells for years.

The Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation was created to manage the reclamation of lands and waters affected by mining prior to 1977. Most of the residents and businesses in Preston County, West Virginia were affected by the poor water quality from the well water supply due to mining that took place prior to 1977.

  Like many counties in the United States, Preston County recently received a grant from the Abandoned Mine Lands to extend municipal water services to residents and businesses in the County from a near by water treatment plant. The first phase of the project included six prefabricated housed systems provided by Metropolitan Industries. Three pressure reducing valve systems and three booster systems were supplied to the county in an effort to service 300 new customers along the hilly and rugged terrain of Preston County.

  The elevation change from the highest point to the lowest point is 1,200 ft. With this in mind, accommodations were made to assure that the water pressure was distributed equally throughout the entire county. The exterior of each housed system is concrete to provide the best durability and a quality installation for the longevity of the house, insulation and vandal resistance.

Interior of one of three booster systems delivered to West Virginia.

Interior of one of three booster systems delivered to West Virginia.

  The equipment supplied helps keep the pump stations functioning as efficiently as possible to help lower energy consumption with variable speed pumps to save money as well. The pumps are vertical multi-stage with low flow and high heads designed to operate across a wide range of speed. Touch screen control panels make the product easy to use.

  The grant also helped fund a 40 mile waterline extension to the local public service district, requiring the addition of the new housed systems. As part of a comprehensive water distribution project, Stantec Project Manager, Jeff Boyles describes the housed systems as an exciting design from a hydronic engineering standpoint.

Interior of one of three pressure reducing valves (PRV) stations delivered to West Virginia.

Interior of one of three pressure reducing valves (PRV) stations delivered to West Virginia.

  “Mike Tierney has always been quick to answer our questions and concerns,” Boyles said, “ we are comfortable working with the Metropolitan team, they never fail to amaze me.”

  The general contractors felt the prefabricated housed systems delivered were of a quality that could not be matched.

  “We are pleased with the outcome of this project,” Boyles said, “the detail included in all six of the housed systems turned out great and we couldn’t be happier.”

  All six of the housed systems we supplied to Preston County have been delivered and are presently in the start-up process. Each housed system was prefabricated in our shop and shipped “ready to install” to the customer. The West Virginia Office of Abandoned Mine Lands oversees and facilitates the resolving of public safety issues as mine fires and subsidence, hazardous highwalls, mining-impacted water supplies, open shafts and portals, and other dangers resulting from mining before 1977. Preston County was fortunate to be granted funding for this project so that the residents and businesses can have the best quality of water supplied to them.

The exterior of one of three booster systems delivered and installed to one of the six stations in Preston County.

The exterior of one of three booster systems delivered and installed to one of the six stations in Preston County.

AquaHarvest puts technology to work for every system we build. We use state-of-the-art control technologies and techniques to control all functions of the water harvesting systems.

AquaHarvest puts technology to work for every system we build. We use state-of-the-art control technologies and techniques to control all functions of the water harvesting systems.

Water is quickly becoming an extremely valuable and diminishing commodity. With the world’s population rapidly increasing, Metropolitan is well prepared to provide various marketplaces with the necessary resources when it comes to providing alternate ways of helping to supply treated water to meet these growing needs.

AquaHarvest Technologies, a product line developed by Metropolitan, specializes in the design and manufacturing of large scale integrated water harvesting systems for every type of commercial, industrial, landscaping and municipal application. We have developed the capability to design and deliver single source integrated water reuse systems to capture and treat water, which would otherwise be wasted.

Although water harvesting has not yet had a huge impact in the upper Midwest, states in the southwestern area of the U. S. such as Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Utah have started offering incentives to businesses that install water conservation systems.

States in the Southwest have created an increasing demand for new sources of fresh water due to rapid population growth in these arid environments. New Mexico has established a ‘Drought Task Force’ to ensure preparedness for future water tragedies. In Santa Fe, all commercial developments are required to collect roof drainage for landscape irrigation. Tucson, Ariz. has passed a municipal ordinance which requires all new commercial developments to supplement at least 50 percent of the water for their landscape irrigation through the use of a rainwater harvesting system. This legislation further stipulates that the rainwater portion must be increased to 75 percent within three years of legal occupancy.

“I foresee that this type of legislation will quickly become commonplace, as ever-increasing populations continue to grow in the Southwest U. S and other regions,” stated Brendan Bates, who has been instrumental in developing the AquaHarvest Technologies concept, “I envision that desperate times are looming just over the horizon for the drier areas of the country.”

Metropolitan is preparing for this eventuality, as well as many other regional water-scarcity scenarios. We will be well prepared to fulfill the demand for large and complex water reuse systems of all types.

Another excellent example of this looming dilemma is Lake Mead, created by the construction of the Hoover Dam back in the 1930s, which has recently been faced with a huge water level decrease. Lake Mead is the main potable water source for the Las Vegas area of Southern Nevada, Western Arizona and Southern California. A decrease in snowfall in the Rocky Mountains and Colorado River Basin, which feeds Lake Mead, has created a seven-year drought.

Lake Mead, located on the Colorado River, has quickly decreased in water level over the past 10 years.

Lake Mead, located on the Colorado River, has quickly decreased in water level over the past 10 years.

The booming population growth and decrease in snowfall has caused a 100-foot drop in the lake’s water level. The situation is becoming more desperate with each passing snow season. Last month, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has declared this an official State-of-Emergency.

Concerns about the global supply of fresh water are growing, leading some to warn of future conflicts over access to clean water. AquaHarvest Technologies is looking to use its expertise in the water industry and increase the use of practical and cost effective solutions to every large scale water-wasting situation, expanding the knowledge of reusing the water that would typically go to waste.

Massive facilities such as sports stadiums, manufacturing facilities, and college campuses have potentially enormous sources of water. The water can be harvested, treated and reused, replacing costly and often precious, limited potable water sources.

It’s extremely important to point out that rainwater isn’t the only source of water which can be captured and reused. AquaHarvest Technologies is determined to alert the industries we serve to all of the sources of wasted water which can be treated and reused, from mechanical drainage, to subsoil drainage, to process wastewater. Regardless of the source, if the wasted water can be captured and treated for reuse, AquaHarvest Technologies is prepared to tackle the challenge.

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