Thursday, April 15th , 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Session #7: Pump Testing – Improving the Energy Efficiency of Your Utility


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FREE to members.
Fee for non-members $30+HST.


Pumping is often the largest expense of a utility and is critical for the proper functioning of water and wastewater systems.  At the same time, pumps can also be a significant source of wasted energy depending on their condition and whether or not they are suitably matched to the system they are operating in.  Does it surprise you that approximately 30% (and sometimes more) of the energy used in pumping is simply wasted unproductively?  Knowing how your pumps are performing in terms of hydraulics and energy efficiency is the first step at improving both.  As a bonus, thanks to the first law of thermodynamics, pump testing can be used to verify station flow meter accuracy (and it might be surprising how often this is an issue in practice).

At the completion of this one-hour OJT session, participants will be able to demonstrate the following:

    • Basic principles of pumping.
    • Knowledge of the methods of testing pump performance and efficiency.
    • Development of business cases for pump refurbishments and replacements.
    • Applying pump testing to measure flow and verify flow meter accuracy.
    • Importance of obtaining actual field data for accurate and reliable hydraulic modelling.
    • Short summary for certificate:  Reviewing the importance of, and methods available for, pump performance and efficiency testing as well as pumping facility flow meter verification to inform decision-making and improve the operations and asset management practices of utilities.

Fabian Papa

Our Facilitator Fabian Papa has over 20 years of experience in engineering practice with a focus on urban water systems.  He is a principal of HydraTek & Associates and has held the position of Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto.  He is also a reviewer for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund and Municipal Innovation programs.  Based in Toronto and with projects across Canada and internationally, HydraTek specializes in hydraulics and energy investigations in water and wastewater systems.

These 1-hour virtual sessions are offered every alternate Thursday starting at 2:00 pm.  Sessions are complimentary to all OMWA members and the fee for non-members is $30.00 CAD plus HST per person per session.  

If you have any specific questions regarding this OJT session, please feel free to submit them when you register and we will provide them to the workshop facilitator.   

The OMWA will provide a certificate recognizing participation in these On the Job Training sessions.
Attendance may also qualify as a Continuing Knowledge Activity for the PEO PEAK program

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