With work health and safety (WHS) practices under increased scrutiny, there is a safer way to pump wastewater, according to engineered pump solutions provider Hydro Innovations. It has made available a white paper on ways to improve or even eliminate some of the dangers associated with working on or around wastewater pumps.

Firstly, Hydro Innovations maintains that using its Gorman-Rupp self-priming centrifugal pumps eliminates the dangers of “working over heights” and “working over water” usually associated with pumping wastewater with submersible pumps. Because the pumps are located “high and dry” above the wet well, operators do not have to be exposed to the dangers of open wet well pits when monitoring, inspection or maintenance is necessary. A correctly engineered solution will also eliminate the need for working in confined spaces.

Also, because maintenance can occur while the pump is still connected to the pipe system, and no cranes or lifting devices are needed, the dangers of working with heavy swinging weights and cranes is eliminated.

When pump clearances need to be adjusted, Gorman-Rupp “V Series” pumps allow operators to make adjustments externally, without removing the pump from service and without having to come in contact with the pumped fluid.

To adjust submersible pump clearances, operators need to open wet well lids, use a lifting device and “manhandle” pumps that are covered in the pumped fluid, which could be corrosive, contain “sharps” or be full of bacteria.

The Gorman-Rupp Ultra V Series pump has been built with operator safety as a high priority. These pumps feature pressure relief valves, “burst disc” flap valves that can uniquely be replaced without opening the pump, and the safest “fill port cover” of any self-priming pump on the market. These features and others, separate Gorman-Rupp as the leader in self-priming pump technology.

A Gorman-Rupp pump, situated high and dry, is safer to monitor and maintain.

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