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


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: Case studies | Water supply | Urban and regional development | Water management | Pumping stations | Coastal management | Control systems | Water supply systems | Florida | United States | Tampa

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