Weekly Intake: A Water Intake Systems Blog

Traveling Water Screens Help Improve Detroit's Water Treatment

By Michael Stock



Having an efficient municipal water treatment infrastructure is crucial to the economic and public health of a city. Especially if that city is one as large as Detroit, Michigan. Several years ago, the City of Detroit’s Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) needed to upgrade the infrastructure at one of its main treatment facilities, Water Works Park II. One of the companies that was a part of that project was Evoqua. Read on to find out more about this massive facility makeover.


Water Works Park, treating water for more than 100 years

The Water Works Park has been metro Detroit's primary water treatment plant since the late 1800's. Over the years the facility has been revamped and rebuilt several times. The most recent major update was the construction of the Water Works Park II facility, which replaced a facility built at the same site in 1924.

The new, fully automated facility can process 240 million gallons of water per day and provide drinking water to about 4 million people in a 1,000 square mile area. Those are some pretty impressive numbers. And it's not just city residents that benefit from the updated facility, hundreds of industrial users like as soft drink producers, meat packers, automotive companies and microelectronics producers also benefit.


How does the the facility process this much water?

With quite a variety of water intake and purification equipment (some of which came from Evoqua ). But all of the water taken into the facility from the Detroit river passes through our coarse wire mesh traveling water screens.

As you can imagine, in order to deal with that amount of water, the traveling water screens need to be extremely rugged. Our screens have a steel framework and non-metallic baskets, which are stronger and more durable than metallic baskets (and 50% lighter). Lighter baskets means less wear on drive components and less maintenance.


No matter the size of your traveling water screen or water intake system repair project, we are here to help. Check out our traveling water screen service options page to learn more about the wide variety of services we offer, from dive maintenance to on-site screen rebuilds.

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