Seismic Design of Pumping Plants

by Walter F. Anton, (F.ASCE), Asst. General Mgr. and Chf. Engr.; East Bay Municipal Utility Dist., 2130 Adeline St., Oakland, Calif. 94623,


Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 1, Pg. 1-12


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: Pumping plants that serve water supply and sewage systems are important lifeline facilities, and they should remain in operation or be readily repairable following earthquake damage. Water distribution pumping is necessary to maintain sufficient storage to fight fires and to provide minimum potable water and other critical disaster needs. When sewage pumping stations are down, the results can be serious health hazards or environmental damage from sewage spillage or treatment plant bypasses. Typical damage to equipment and piping (similar to that found in pumping plants resulting from the 1971 San Fernando Earthquake) is indentified. Modern engineering practices for the seismic design of water supply and sewage pumping plants are reviewed, as are procedures used at the writer's utility district and a list of suggested seismic design considerations.

Subject Headings: Pumping stations | Seismic design | Sewage | Wastewater treatment plants | Seismic tests | Earthquakes

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