Case Study

AMERICAN Flow Control SEMPER® RPM Provides Critical Help For Birmingham Water Works

The Birmingham Water Works purchased 20 AFC SEMPER RPMs in October 2021. It took four crews about half a day to install all the units and was a team effort between BWW staff and AMERICAN. Pictured from left to right in front of AMERICAN’s Birmingham facility are BWW employees Josh Smith, Kyle Swiney, Tony Williams, Sam Stewart, Brad Norris, Brett Marcum, Louis Wallace, Kenny Glover, Jacquez Byrd, Johnnie Mayfield, Ray Sloan and AMERICAN’s Gabe Restrepo.

In October 2021, the Birmingham Water Works (BWW) in Birmingham, Alabama, discovered a broken 16-inch water main in one of its city centers that supplied water to several businesses and hospitals. The break was found after one hospital reported a low-pressure issue, and the BWW responded quickly to repair the broken water line and restore pressure. The issue, however, served as a catalyst for the deployment of 20 AMERICAN Flow Control SEMPER® Remote Pressure Monitors (RPM) to monitor critical locations and gain additional information about its distribution system.

“We were in the process of performing an upgrade at one of our water filtration plants, which involved tying in and installing new pipelines, when the main break occurred,” said BWW’s Manager of Industrial & Commercial Accounts Johnnie Mayfield. “After that event, it became even more apparent that we needed a better way to monitor the critical locations in our service area. Because of our previous experience with the AFC SEMPER RPM, we knew it would be a valuable tool to help us monitor these locations throughout our system.”

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