BEASAIN, Spain - Facing the worst drought on record in the Colorado River Basin, as lake levels continue to fall, the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) is building a low lake level pumping station to ensure Las Vegas and Southern Nevada maintains access to its primary water supplies in Lake Mead.

Indar was awarded with the design and supply of 30 large submersible motor pump sets for Lake Mead intake #3 station. Each of those 30 Indar pumps is rated at 20,835 USgpm with 433 ft. and 695 ft. of head respectively providing a total capacity at the pumping station of more than 951 millons of gallons of water per day (MGD).

The pumps are operated through submersible motor pump sets at 13.800 V motor raging 3150 and 5200 HP respectively, getting the required energy right from the hydro power plant at the close Hoover dam. Pumps, motors, riser pipes and well heads are made of stainless steel 316/316L in order to guarantee a long service life and to reduce the impact onto the water to a minimum.

From the fore bay, the water will be pumped to SNWA’s water treatment facilities. The high-volume low lake level pumping station, combined with the recently completed Lake Mead Intake No. 3, will provide the community continued access to its primary water supply even as lake levels fluctuate as a result of the ongoing drought.

The design and construction of the Lake Mead Intake No.3 costs are expected to total approximately $650 million and L3PS is on track to be operational by 2020.

Indar, an Ingeteam company, is an electrical rotating machine and submersible motor pump set manufacturing company headquartered in Beasain (Spain) with a global operation structure and production facilities in Spain, USA and Mexico. .