Bypass pumping during serious floods
June 29, 2010

The news is dominated right now by stories of serious flooding -- some of it on a record-setting or near-record scale. The Saylorville Dam is set to be overtopped within the next day or so, as huge amounts of runoff have come downstream through the Des Moines River basin.

This has created a widespread need for bypass pumping, either to keep floodwaters from entering inhabited areas or to keep sewer systems from backing up into homes and businesses.

One of the best developments in bypass pumping came along when Gorman-Rupp introduced the Silent Pump arrangement about a decade ago. This self-enclosed, sound-attenuated system allows for the bypass of hundreds of gallons of water (floodwater and sewage included alike) every minute, but with nearly silent operation so as not to interrupt life nearby.

The totally-enclosed arrangement also discourages vandalism and theft, and the quiet operation helps ensure that no needless attention is paid to the operation.

The Silent Pump includes a pump and engine, a massive fuel reservoir, and a completely automatic system for operating the pump, so that valuable public-works employees can spend their time doing more important work than just babysitting the pump.

If you'd like to know more, please visit our Silent Pump page or call us at 515-223-4144 and ask for details. We have a wide range of bypass pumping options available that go well beyond just the Silent Pump.

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