The VIPOR dewatering pump system provides oil containment and water filtration for sumps in underground substation vaults and manholes.
Automatic Dewatering Pump System
The VIPOR (Vault Integrated Pump and Oil Redundancy) is an automatic dewatering pump system that filters and evacuates water from secondary containment vaults and sumps. The system uses the same filtering concepts and adaptable alternative technologies for secondary oil containment as the Barrier Boom oil filtration panels and HFF Oil Stop Valve. In the event of a significant oil release, the VIPOR’s main filter core solidifies, creating a barrier that prevents any liquid to pass.
VIPOR’s proven oil containment technology provides a safe compliant water discharge solution in applications where an automatic pump or sump pump is used. It is suitable for situations of chronic water intrusion, sediment problems and risk of hydrocarbons. This would include underground utility vaults, substations, elevator shafts, or other areas that contain oil or fuel equipment and can accumulate oil and water.
Unlike unreliable oil switches, VIPOR’s filtering technology eliminates the possibility of oil discharge and provides full oil containment.
- Will not pass sediment or hydrocarbons providing full oil containment
- Automatic dewatering pump allows safe, unattended wastewater discharges
- Saves crew time from frequent manual dewatering
- Keeps equipment in vaults in working order
- Ensures compliance with waste and storm water discharge requirements
- All encased in small simple footprint
- Three models available based on your site-specific application
VIPOR-SOWF Dewatering Pump
The VIPOR-SOWF (Sump Oil Water Filtration) polishes and captures sheen as it evacuates water, with complete shutoff capabilities in the event of an oil discharge. Under normal conditions, when water drains into the VIPOR-SOWF system, the 6-inch pre-filter (25 micron) captures small sediment. Next, water enters the 6- x 24-inch HFF (Hydrocarbon Flow Filter) where hydrocarbons and most volatile organic compounds will be removed from the water to a non-detectable level while meeting federal SPCC mandates. Should a major hydrocarbon release occur, the VIPOR – SOWF stops the flow through the filter. As the dewatering pump continues to operate, water rises in the standpipe and activates the float switch that sends a signal to alarm for system attention.
The VIPOR-SOWF is most commonly installed in a secondary containment vault with a collection sump. Though it operates similar to other oil-detecting pumps on the market, only the VIPOR dewatering pump system prevents sheen from passing.
VIPOR-100 SOWF Dewatering Pump
The VIPOR-100 SOWF operates similar to the VIPOR-SOWF, but at a flow rate that can exceed 100 gallons per minute. Under normal conditions when water enters the vault, it flows to the low area of the dewatering pump and vault sump filter (VSF) ring. The VSF ring filters large sediment in the water.
Rising water activates the dewatering pump. The pump moves the water up the 2-inch PVC pipe to the VIPOR-100 SOWF. Inside the VIPOR-100, small sediment (25 micron) is filtered by the 8-inch pre-filter before it enters the main chamber. This is where hydrocarbons, and most volatile organic compounds, are removed to a non-detectable level to meet federal SPCC mandates. The filtered water is released through gravity flow and into the surrounding ground area.
VIPOR-SUMP Dewatering Pump
The VIPOR-SUMP dewatering pump system polishes and captures sheen as it evacuates water with complete shutoff capabilities in the event of an oil discharge. Under normal conditions when water drains into the VIPOR-SUMP system, the vault sump filter (VSF) ring surrounding the VIPOR-SUMP unit captures large sediment and the pre-filter (25 micron) captures small sediment. Next, water enters the 6-x 18-inch HFF (Hydrocarbon Flow Filter) where hydrocarbons and most volatile organic compounds will be removed from the water to a non-detectable level while meeting federal SPCC mandates. The filtered water will then be pumped out of the system by its submersible dewatering pump.
The VIPOR-SUMP is commonly used in transformer vaults with an existing sump crock. It performs the same functions as an oil water separator, with the added benefit of preventing sheen to pass.
VIPOR Dewatering Pump Solutions
The VIPOR (Vault Integrated Pump and Oil Redundancy) from Basic Concepts is an automatic dewatering pump system that filters and evacuates water from secondary containment vaults and sumps. The VIPOR system is suitable for any context that is prone to chronic water intrusion or sediments, such underground utility vaults, substations, elevator shafts, or other areas that contain oil or fuel equipment.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) All secondary containment units must have a water discharge valve that allows water accumulation to be drained. However, the EPA also requires that operators first remove all excess oil that has accumulated along with storm water buildup. The VIPOR system—unlike oil switches or other filtering methods—incorporates filtering technology that eliminates the possibility of oil discharge.
For many utility companies, evacuating water from underground networks or preventing oil from being discharged along with water evacuation has proven to be a constant challenge. The VIPOR system is the solution to these problems. All three of the VIPOR models prevent oil—even oil sheen—from passing into the environment. The VIPOR, VIPOR-SOWF and the VIPOR-100 SOWF can be incorporated in a facility’s drainage system to provide unattended drainage that will automatically filter out sediment, oil, and hydrocarbons from water evacuations.
Secondary Containment Drainage Requirements
The EPA is the regulatory agency responsible for drafting and enforcing guidelines meant to protect the environment. According to the EPA, runoff from industrial or commercial facilities that contain pollutants such as oil or sediment is known to have a deleterious impact on the environment. Under the Clean Water Act, there are regulations in place regarding secondary containment, water accumulation, and water drainage.
Section 112.8(c)(3) and 112.12(c)(3) of the code of federal regulations concerning secondary containment states that all water accumulations must be inspected for the presence of oil and that drainage events be maintained by the facility. These statutes further state that any oil found in storm water accumulation must be removed and returned to the storage container or disposed of using legally approved methods.
The EPA requires that facilities ensure that oil is not inadvertently discharged from secondary containment units during routine water evacuations. To comply with these regulations, facilities must have countermeasures in place to prevent oil or oil sheen from being drained along with water accumulation. The VIPOR system is uniquely designed to enable facilities to comply with EPA regulations using filtering technology that prevents and traps oil and oil sheen that is mixed into secondary containment units, underground vaults or sumps. Because the VIPOR systems are an automatic dewatering system, the VIPOR system can also reduce the man hours that would ordinarily be needed to monitor drainage and meet EPA compliance.
The VIPOR Models
The VIPOR system is available in three different models, and each model is designed with a site-specific application. This means that finding the VIPOR model that is best suited for your intended application depends on several factors ranging from drainage capacity to facility type. Here is an overview of each of the VIPOR models along with a description of their intended application to help you find the dewatering solution that is right for you.
VIPOR-SOWF Dewatering Pump. The VIPOR-SOWF (Sump Oil Water Filtration) is most commonly installed in secondary containment vaults with a collection sump. The VIPOR-SOWF polishes and captures sheen as it evacuates water. This system also features a shutoff valve that deactivates the flow of water in the event of an oil discharge. When water filters into the VIPOR-SOWF system, water enters the 6”x24” HFF (hydrocarbon flow filter) where hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds are removed. This process ensures that the hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds have been reduced to non-detectable levels in water that is discharged from the system.
If a major hydrocarbon release occurs, the VIPOR-SOWF stops the flow through the filter which prevents the discharge of contaminants into the environment. For impervious subsoils that do not provide adequate drainage of stormwater and areas where the water table is close to the surface, The VIPOR-SOWF can be deployed in conjunction with the Geomembrane Liner which evacuates water through a solid pipeline and into the VIPOR system. This option is ideal in areas that are prone to flooding or in any facility seeking additional safeguards against runoff or water accumulation. The VIPOR-SOWF system will not only enable a facility to meet compliance with EPA guidelines, but it is the only dewatering system that prevents oil sheen from passing through filtration.
VIPOR-100 SOWF Dewatering Pump. Similar to the VIPOR-SOWF, the VIPOR-100 SOWF has all the benefits and features of the VIPOR system but also incorporates a flow rate that can exceed 100 gallons per minute. When water enters the vault of the VIPOR-100, it flows to the low area of the pump and vault sump filter (VSF) ring which filters out large sediment. As water rises, the pump is activated. The water is then pushed into the system where small sediment (25 micron) is filtered by the 8” pre-filter before entering the main chamber. In this area of the pump, most hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds are removed to a non-detectable level in compliance with SPCC standards.
VIPOR-SUMP Dewatering Pump. This VIPOR system is commonly used in transformer vaults with an existing sump crock. The VIPOR-SUMP polishes and traps oil and oil sheen as it drains water. The filtered water that is drained out of the system is pumped out of the vault by the submersible dewatering pump. Like other VIPOR systems, the VIPOR-SUMP will remove hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds to non-detectable levels in compliance with SPCC standards.
Find the Dewatering Solution That is Right for You
The VIPOR system is the ideal dewatering solution for industrial, commercial, or public facilities. VIPOR combination solutions can also be customized for use in applications with limited space. Basic Concepts has a wide range of solutions for unique containment requirements. Check our hybrid-containment solutions, and find the option that is right for you.