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Project Profile: City of Buffalo (Col. Francis G. Ward Pump Station)

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Project Profile: City of Buffalo (Col. Francis G. Ward Pump Station)

Stark Tech Group assisted with the installation of a camera, recording equipment, and transmission gear onto the roof of the Buffalo Water Intake Building which is located 6,600 feet offshore in the Emerald Channel—a region in Lake Erie near the foot of the Niagara River. This equipment allows the Col. Francis G. Ward Pump Station to wirelessly broadcast and transmit images taken out on the water back to the station. This was after solar panels were installed on the roof of the building to provide the power needed to run the recording and transmission gear.

The Col. Francis G. Ward Pump Station distributes 70–75 million gallons of clean water every day to Buffalo homes and businesses. However, before it reaches the pump station–which is located in Downtown Buffalo at the foot of Porter Avenue–the water needs to pass through the intake building. The water from Lake Erie is fed by gravity through a 12 ft. x 12 ft. tunnel bored beneath the lake bottom. This building, which is around three stories tall, began operating back in 1913 and continues to do so today.

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