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Wastewater efficiency improvements win big

Ensuring wastewater treatment plants operate efficiently and reliably is an important task that operational staff undertake.

In a move to recognise the excellent performance, initiative and attention to detail of operational staff, the Water Industry Operators Association (WIOA) has awarded its inaugural South Australian Operator of the Year Award to SA Water’s Hahndorf Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, Daniel Partridge, for his work to reduce hazards and boost efficiency across several sites.

New pump energy calculation tools

Two new tools are available for pump manufacturers needing help calculating the Pump Energy Index (PEI) to comply with the US Department of Energy (DOE) pump energy conservation standard that was released January 2016. The calculation will become a bigger challenge as manufacturers prepare to meet the 2020 compliance and labeling requirements. The DOE Test […]

Shaping the industry’s future

Last November, the PIA council and members met for the association’s 13th annual general meeting and dinner. Attendees discussed the extensive training and liaison activities undertaken by the PIA in 2016, and discussed potential pump opportunities in China. The PIA was happy to report the continuing success of its Installation and Commissioning training course, which […]

The pumps that drive oil and gas

The process of extracting oil and gas resources, processing them, then delivering them to where they are required is dependent on an array of pumps and associated equipment. This is true regardless of whether the oil and gas in question comes from conventional or unconventional reservoirs, from fields located onshore or offshore, and whether it is destined to supply […]

Pump Standards Part 2

In Part 2 of our article looking at pump standards, we take a closer look at organisations that prepare and certify pump specifications. American National Standards Institute – ANSI The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organisation that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems, and personnel […]

New US energy standard proposed for circulator pumps

Members of the Hydraulic Institute, Armstrong Fluid Technology, Grundfos, Taco, WILO USA and Xylem Applied Water Systems have created terms for the development of a test procedure and energy conservation standard levels for circulator pumps. The recommendation will be presented to the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) and for approval and be […]

Trans-Tasman irrigation MoU signed

In a move to strengthen relationships and improve opportunities between irrigation industries, Irrigation New Zealand and Irrigation Australia have signed the Trans-Tasman irrigation Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU formalises the relationship between the two irrigation bodies and will provide long-term benefits for both their membership and the irrigation sectors. Irrigation Australia Chairperson, Andrew Ogden, […]

The importance of feed pump barrel inspections

by Greg James, Hydro Australia Rebuilding a typical boiler feed pump cartridge and returning the running clearances to specification is a critical process for effective and efficient plant operation. The cost to rebuild a cartridge – supply new mechanical seals, bearings and consumables, the lost production, down time and the labour costs – is a significant investment. After rebuilding […]

Adelaide gathering highlights critical issues

More than thirty pump industry professionals recently gathered in Adelaide in for a PIA technical meeting, held at the headquarters of Grundfos Australia. Grundfos Australia Managing Director Steen Holm-Jensen opened the meeting, speaking eloquently on Grundfos’ philosophy and values as a company, encompassing the customer, product development and corporate responsibility. Daniel Clarkson then took the meeting attendees into […]

Pump School: Pump Standards

There are many pump standards used in the pump industry today. These standards may be national, international, industry specific, company specific or project specific. This is the first of a two part article in which we will attempt to outline the more commonly used pump specifications within Australia; specifically the organisations that either prepare or certify pump specifications. […]


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