Case Studies on the Use of Semi-Standalone Control Loops for the Management of Regional Public Water Supply

by Charles Palmer, Jr., WCRWSA, Clearwater, United States,
Robert R. Karrels, WCRWSA, Clearwater, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources

Abstract: The West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority is charged with the operation and management of the public water supply that serves over 1 million people in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida. Facilities include wellfields, water treatment plants, and pumping stations spread over a three county area. All are operated and managed from a central location, the Cypress Creek Pumping Station in Land O' Lakes, Florida. This is possible through the use of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System joined to a distributed intelligence control system. The control system at each remote site is semi-standalone. During communication loss or abnormal conditions, the sites operate automatically. Yet, under normal conditions, the entire system operates as a whole.

Subject Headings: Water supply | Case studies | Pumping stations | Control systems | Municipal water | Water treatment plants | Sea water | North America | Florida | United States | Tampa

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