Bespoke Pump Control Solutions


Hynds Pipe Systems Limited is the largest operating company within the Hynds Group. With a distribution network of 32 nationwide branches, Hynds supplies over 40,000 product types for drainage, watermain, environmental, industrial process and rural applications.

Pump Solutions Project Manager John Nancarrow manages all the commercial pump station solutions for Hynd’s Auckland branch – both waste and storm water. 

A trusted partner

Hynds Pipe Systems were recently contracted to manage the discharge of wastewater from a new high-end subdivision site – The Reserve in Okura – which spans 130 hectares with 29 residential lots. In need of a reliable custom-designed control system with remote monitoring capability, Hynds commissioned N2P to get the job done. 

The Reserve backs onto a coastal area, close to the bush-clad hills of the Okura Scenic Reserve and estuary. “It’s a beautiful location and it’s obviously very important that the waterways are well looked after,” says John.

N2P designed and installed two pump control stations at the site. “Pump station one receives around 70% of the lot,” says John. “That then pumps up to pump station two, which discharges into the public sewer connection on Vaughn’s Road.”

John worked closely with N2P managing director and engineer Nikki Johnstone, along with engineers from Woods Consulting and Watercare, on the design of the pump control station. 

“We’ve worked with Nikki since N2P was first established,” says John. “We’ve got a great working relationship and know they’ll always come through with exactly what we need.”

Custom designed

One of the key requirements for the pump control was remote monitoring. This means that if anything goes wrong with the pump at any stage, a notification is sent via email and text alert to be designated contacts who can then manage any action required.

Engineers at Woods Consulting included a number of other considerations into the control design which the team at N2P were well equipped to cater for. One of those was around odour control. “The control pump design includes a carbon dosing system to manage this,” says John. “The Reserve is a high-end gated community, so obviously this is an important consideration.

“There are several other control mechanisms within the design of the controller that will minimise not only odour, but also any potential breakout of effluent into the waterways.” 

The controller is also designed to be discreetly hidden within the pump station. Other considerations that N2P factored into their design included controlling solenoids, a well washer, and a wash down area. 

Would Hynds recommend N2P?

“Definitely!” says John. “The Reserve project was a great opportunity for Hynes and N2P to put together a high-end bespoke pump station solution. 

“N2P are an innovative, robust organisation,” says John. “I guess you could say that they’re just good buggers really!”