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Hydraulic Institute releases new controlled volume metering for test standard

The Hydraulic Institute (HI) has released a new test standard for Controlled Volume Metering Pumps.

The ANSI/HI 7.6 Controlled-Volume Metering Pumps for Test standard is for the testing of positive displacement reciprocating controlled-volume metering pumps (see ANSI/HI 7.1-7.5 Controlled-Volume Metering Pumps for Nomenclature, Definitions, Application, and Operation).  Variations in test procedures may exist without violating the intent of this standard. Exceptions may be taken if agreed on by the parties involved without sacrificing the validity of the applicable parts of the standard.

The ANSI/HI 7.6 – 2012 standard provides uniform procedures for hydrodynamic controlled-volume pump performance testing and for recording of the test results of metering pumps.  Vibration and acoustical testing methods are not included in this standard. Refer to ANSI/HI 9.1–9.5 Pumps – General Guidelines for Types, Definitions, Application, Sound Measurement and Decontamination, Section 9.4 Measurement of airborne sound, for acoustical testing procedures.

New code of compliance for sewage pump stations

The new Queensland code of environmental compliance for sewage pump stations—ERA 63(3) is now in effect.

The update was originally announced in August, with Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell saying “Following extensive consultation with industry representatives, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) has developed a new code of environmental compliance for operators of sewage pumping stations which will save millions in application costs,” Mr Powell said.

“The new code allows operators of pumping stations with a capacity of greater than 40 kilolitres per hour to operate under set conditions, without having to apply for a development approval for an environmentally relevant activity (ERA).

“Industry estimates this will save between $20 to $30 million in application costs and will significantly reduce assessing and processing times for departmental staff who can then direct more time to the ongoing protection of Queensland’s environment.

“It is estimated that the new code will apply to over 1000 existing sewage pumping stations and 24 new stations expected to start construction in the next 12 months.”

New Sydney Water sewage pumping station code now available

The Sydney Water Edition 2012 of the Sewage Pumping Station Code of Australia, WSA 04—2005 Version 2.1, is now available for purchase from the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA).

This edition includes the specific requirements of Sydney Water. It comes with a CD of the complete Sydney Water Code, including drawings. Updates to the Sydney Water edition are advised by Sydney Water through their asset creation management process.

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