When it comes to water management projects, Coates Hire has excelled in providing advice and expertise on a large scale sewer bypass project in South Australia.
Water engineering firm Guidera O’Connor has engaged Coates Hire in the provision of state-of-the-art pumping units at a major sewer bypass project in South Australia, alongside the management and installation of similar units around Australia.
Through Guidera O’Connor, Coates Hire is managing four acoustically enclosed pumps for SA Water which can bypass in excess of 200 litres of fluid a second at the Ethelton pump station in northwest Adelaide.
“The pumps are silent, so we minimise the noise impact in the neighbourhood,” says Brendan Donaldson, Product Specialist at Coates Hire.
Coates Hire has handled sewer bypass at the pump station many times in recent years – with its product expertise and local knowledge of the site gaining Guidera O’Connor’s trust when the project went out to tender about eight months ago. This project started in July and ran until late October.
Experienced Coates Hire product specialists operate and monitor the pumps around the clock at the pump station. As it is close to residential housing it is crucial that any blockages are quickly rectified.
“You need to have somebody on the work site with the expertise and capability to adjust the pumps and maintain them to a high standard,” Donaldson says.
Coates Hire has the largest pump fleet in Australia, with a range of diesel and electric units covering 2-inch puddle suckers to 26-inch high-volume water movers that can pump acidic solutions or move sludge and solids.
The range also includes water treatment services and ground-water management using proven dewatering methods. Mark Forbes, Product Performance Manager (Water Management) at Coates Hire, says the company has all contingencies covered because of its sophisticated fleet of pumps.
“Generally when moving water, you either want to move lots of it or you want to move it a long way,” he says.
Forbes agrees that the South Australian sewer bypass project showcases Coates Hire’s skills and planning.
“A lot of the work in these sorts of projects is in the initial planning and consultation,” he says. “It’s not the sort of job where the equipment alone is going to provide a solution.”
Coates Hire is renowned for its expertise in the provision of pump equipment services; and rapid emergency response when a crisis occurs. It could be for a water authority, a metropolitan or regional council, or an infrastructure, civil construction or mining project.
“With the size and range of our fleet and the volume of our ancillary products it does put us in good stead to meet customers’ demands, because they don’t have a lot of contingencies when things go wrong,” Forbes says. “They need people there very quickly.”
Strict environmental and legislative rules also mean that companies need to be more diligent when considering the use of water and waste disposal or relocation.
Donaldson says the sewer bypass project has been a partnership, with Guidera O’Connor providing great support when needed. He also praises the entire Coates Hire team.
The project is a good example of living up to the core principles the company places value on – providing reliability, the right support and expertise to its customers.