14 03 2014

Emergency pump installation against flooding

Emergency pump installation against flooding

A huge screw has been installed in a new pump installation in Zeebrugge. The emergency pumps have been commissioned by the waterway management (Water¬wegen en Zeekanaal nv) for the central catchment area between the “Leopold¬kanaal” and the “Afleidingskanaal” of the river Leie. These pumps are capable of pumping a large volume of water in a short period of time when a build-up of excessive water occurs. In this way floods that have been experienced in the past can now be prevented in the future.
“Water¬wegen en Zeekanaal nv” started the preparatory work for the installation of two emergency pumps in November last year. They can pump up to 10,000 liters of water per second from the “Leopoldkanaal” to the “Afleidingskanaal” of the river Leie in case of imminent flooding. Because the “Leopoldkanaal” lies considerably lower than the “Afleidingskanaal”, it has less time to drain into the sea at high tide. By installing the pumps it will be possible to react faster when the water level of the “Zwin” region threatens to become too high, and in this way residential areas and agricultural land can be better protected.
The first huge screw has already been transported to the building site by exceptionally large transport and was hoisted into position with the help of a large crane and installed immediately. The installation of the second screw has taken place this week. Electromechanical work is to follow. In fact, both emergency pumps will be ready before the cessation of building works during the summer holidays. The cost of the project is 1,1 million Euros. – EC
Source: “Bouwkroniek 11″, Magazine for the Building Trade and Industry; 14/03/2014