Top Wastewater Trends of 2017


Key players in the municipal processing market share expert insight from the WEFTEC 2017 showroom floor. 

By Michelle Segrest, Navigate Content, Inc. - Reporting for World Pumps Magazine

Advancements in equipment and hydraulic technology took a back seat to the power of digitalization and highly-intelligent communication systems at WEFTEC 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. "One of the fast moving trends right now is the use of data to optimize water networks,” said Kelly McAndrew, Xylem’s vice president of global public affairs. With plant efficiency as the ultimate goal, digitalization and optimization of data collection and analysis is driving all technology, according to Siemens Senior Market Development Manager Alfred Kennedy. Major players in the industry helped to identify and explain solutions for the Top 3 water and wastewater industry trends. Follow this link to read the full article. 

Inject Reliability in Water and Wastewater Pumps

Address the most common problems and follow best maintenance practices to keep critical water movers running around the clock.

By Michelle Segrest, Reporting for Maintenance Technology Magazine

One faulty $5,000 pump in a wastewater-treatment facility can shut down an entire operation and end up costing the company or municipality $500,000/day, according to Jim Elsey, vice president and general manager of Summit Pump Inc., Green Bay, WI. Why do pumps fail? The 44-year veteran of the pump repair and maintenance business has five very specific reasons and they all trace back to the people who are charged with making those pumps perform and those who provide (or don’t) the resources needed to purchase, install, and service the devices that form the backbone of every water-handling system. To read the full story, click here. 

Accepting the Challenge in Competition and Every Day

Water-quality operators are challenged and celebrated as the all-star USA team wins Gold in the international Operations Challenge in Munich, Germany.

By Michelle Segrest, Reporting for Maintenance Technology Magazine

Attend any WEFTEC trade show and look for the most popular event on the floor. It’s not difficult to find. It’s also the loudest. Listen for tools clanking, wrenches cranking, and hundreds of amazed spectators cheering on their favorite team of real-world operators doing what they do best. The skills of plant operators are crucial, but they often are not visible. The annual WEFTEC Operations Challenge celebrates the contributions of the talented hands-on personnel with a unique professional skills competition.

Read all about the four members of the gold-winning Team USA by clicking here.  At this link, you will also find EXCLUSIVE video of actual challenges from IFAT-Munich!

Voice from the Field - Patience & Perseverance

Clinton Davis helps to shape and implement maintenance and reliability overhaul of major utility.

By Michelle Segrest, Reporting for Maintenance Technology

Growing up in Gwinnett County, GA, Clinton Davis was raised to believe that fixing things yourself is just a way of life. All of the men in his family were union plumbers and his father, Wayne, had a motto: “Never pay someone else to do something you can do yourself.” The everyday practice of this philosophy provided Davis with hands-on experience in breaking down equipment, learning how it works from the inside out, paying attention to the details, and taking pride in putting it all back together and watching it work. Read the rest of the article by Clicking Here.

An Industry Outlook for Submersible Wastewater Pumps

By Michelle Segrest, Reporting for Modern Pumping Today

CHICAGO (January 25, 2016) - To further educate the public and spread the importance of its initiatives, SWPA is partnering with Modern Pumping Today to address topics that are the most important to the submersible wastewater pumping community. These Q&As are based on the well-respected learning units in the SWPA Handbook. Industry-leading experts from SWPA member companies will contribute to enhancing these education and training initiatives through in-depth reports.

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