As an end-user or someone with buy/specify authority of pumps for your respective utility or municipality, ongoing education about new technology and preventative maintenance should be a main priority.
Pumping has always been an integral part of water and wastewater management: If a pump or lift station fails, it is no small matter. To add to that, utilities have been under major pressure lately to keep energy consumption and costs low—this, in most cases, begins with their pumping system, considering pumping takes up 87% of energy consumed at a water/wastewater facility. If you deal with pumps on a regular basis, there is more knowledge to absorb than ever.
WWD is proud to announce it will organize and co-sponsor PumpTec, the 6th Annual Pump Theory and Hands-on Maintenance and Reliability Conference, again in 2010. It will be held in two locations this year—Chicago on May 3 and 4, and Atlanta on Sept. 20 and 21. The Chicago conference will feature educational sessions hosted by expert speakers on various types of pumps, a keynote speaker as well as lunch and a tour of a local facility. Attendees can learn how to assemble and troubleshoot pumps to improve reliability and extend their life span. Efficiency and energy savings also will be addressed. More information about PumpTec 2010 is available at www.pumpconference.com.
There is a clear advantage to instant communication via a smart phone or the Internet in today’s world, but there is still nothing that compares to meeting face to face with peers and experts and discussing common challenges and solutions. Workshops like these provide an opportunity to gain hands-on experience that is worth the time and effort and goes beyond viewing a product on a webpage, for example.
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