Top Wastewater Trends of 2017

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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. 

Water & Wastewater Pumping Solutions

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Advancements in water treatment and plant modernization drive growth in the water and wastewater pumping industry.

By Michelle Segrest, Navigate Content - Reporting for Maintenance Technology Magazine

While new construction in the municipal water-treatment market has remained relatively flat, growth in the industrial water-treatment market has increased—driven largely by modernization efforts that seem to be pervasive across the power-generation segment, according to Charles P. Crowley Company (CPC, Baldwin Park, CA, cpcrowley.com) managing director Jon Crowley. One trend that Crowley sees throughout the industry is modernization through “repowering.”

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Getting it Done Right

Engineer uses methodical process and attention to detail in her professional and personal life.

By Michelle Segrest, Reporting for Maintenance Technology Magazine

Rebekah Macko approaches every task with one simple philosophy in mind: It’s more important to get it done right than to get it done right now. Her father taught her this lesson early in life. An organic geochemist, his approach to all things revolved around a methodical process, the success of which he passed down to his daughter.  Click here to read the full story

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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!

A Renaissance Maintenance Man

Saul Cizek uses a lifetime of experience and myriad interests to make a difference at a Virginia water-reclamation plant.

By Michelle Segrest, Reporting for Maintenance Technology Magazine

For Saul Cizek, being a maintenance professional isn’t just a job — it’s a way of life. Every day makes a difference. “Maintenance keeps airplanes aloft, ships afloat, and bridges stable,” said Cizek, the lead maintenance planner at the Upper Occoquan Service Authority in Centreville, VA. “My current position has afforded me an opportunity to effect changes that will manifest in the conservation of precious resources, greater safety, and maintenance education.” Read the full story to find out how Cizek makes a difference at the Virginia Water Reclamation facility. 

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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