Success Story: Franklin Water System Supplying Once Fire-Devastated Area


Here’s a fun photo and story that was passed along to us about how Franklin Electric products are making a positive influence…

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“In October 2017, wild fires reaching 2,800 degrees destroyed more than 8,500 homes in the Napa Valley area. This Franklin Control System panel with the P-Series Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) was recently installed one mile south of Soda Canyon – one of the most devastated areas. It is the first P-Series VFD that our customer, Brian Allen of North Bay Water, has installed. A groundwater industry veteran for more than 30 years, he has a built a strong comfort level with the Franklin Electric SubDrive® brand and was ready to expand into another one of our solutions.

When the fire came through, it toasted poly tanks so bad that they were left looking like burnt marshmallows. You can see steel struts that once held wooden bridges used as driveways that lead to what are now skeletons of former residential communities. It’s disheartening to think that this once beautiful land is now nothing more than barren, unused space. But, the rebuild has started and we’re excited to be a part of the reshaping in northern California. This particular 12-acre property once contained a residential home and is now being converted to a winery with a tasting room. The water system will be filling up a pond serving as a reservoir for irrigation, pumping 60 gpm at 60 psi at discharge. The water provided with this high-performance well should allow it to flourish. In fact, it’s possible that this single well’s performance may produce enough water for now and the future, eliminating the need to replace two additional wells that were damaged beyond repair from the fire. With a little help from a high-performance water system, this land can provide those around it the beauty it once did!”

--- Carlos Moreno, Western Hydro Corporation