The Humble Water Pump: Helping to Expand Victoria’s Water Grid

While we usually use this blog to provide information about our products and manufacturers, we also like to provide some general or technical information from time to time. Today, we would like to talk about how water pumps are being used to expand Victoria’s water grid. More specifically, we would like to give you an idea of the scope and complexity of the water pump network being used.

Recently, Daniel Andrews, the Victorian Premier, joined forces with Jaala Pulford, the Wedderburn district Agriculture Minister and Lisa Neville, the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water for a groundbreaking announcement. Victoria is going to build 1,300 km of water pipelines to connect the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline with the West Waranga Channel.

Water Pump on Expanding Victoria Water Grid

In South West Loddon Shire, rural communities have obtained most of their water from rainfall. Due to three years of drought conditions, many of their residents have been forced to bring in water from outside sources for their basic and agricultural needs.

This project, called the “South West Loddon Rural Water Supply Project,” more than 370 rural properties and 260 businesses will be connected to this water grid. Not only will the water be welcome, but 134 jobs will be created during construction and beyond.

The pipelines will pump as many as 780 million litres of water to the area for hydrants, standpipes and direct lines to local landholders.

This project is on a budget of approximately $80 million, with $40 million coming from the Labour Government, $20 million from the Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water and landholders. Other contributions will come from the Commonwealth Government.

That is a lot of pumps, a lot of money and a lot of water.

At Pump Solutions Australasia, we have provided pumps for numerous systems, from one water pump to a veritable maze of various kinds of pumps. Whatever your purpose, we import the finest pumps from around the world because we know that downtime can cost you thousands of dollars. To learn more, call us today: 1300 793 418.

Lowara Pumps: The Industry Standard for Clean Water Pumps

When it comes to pumping clean water, Lowara pumps set the industry standard. Clean water pumps are usually centrifugal pumps that are made for the express purpose of transporting clean water. This makes them a natural for booster pump systems in hotels, hospitals and office buildings.

Lowara Pumps: How They Started

Lowara was established in 1968 in Italy. They now have a 450,000 sqm production facility that employs upward of 800 people. They were bought out by ITT and are now under the umbrella of Xylem, which is the water management division of ITT.

Lowara embraces the ITT and Xylem corporate ethos of kaizen or constant improvement. This results in their products always being “ahead of the curve.” They are not a company that rests on their laurels; they are already working on the next improvement by the time a product is ready for production.

Lowara Pumps - Clean Water Pumps

Lowara Pumps for Clean Water

Lowara clean water pumps are built with AISI 304 and AISI 316 stainless steel. This makes them not only appropriate for the clean water industry but for transporting any liquids that must be sanitary. Stainless steel is corrosion resistant, making them appropriate for chemicals that may damage other pumps.

Under normal conditions, centrifugal pumps remain primed at all times. This is helpful when a system is used intermittently instead of continuously.

Lowara pumps are used in many different industries. Besides their hotel, office and food and beverage uses, Lowara centrifugal pumps are also used for irrigation and a host of different commercial and residential markets.

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At Pump Solutions Australasia, we import the most efficient and reliable pumps from around the world. In larger industries and applications, we know thousands of dollars are riding on the performance of our pumps every day. We know you can’t afford pump failure that leads to downtime. That’s why we are so picky about whose products we import.

To learn more or to talk to a professional customer service agent, call us today: 1300 793 418.

This Water Pump Cleans the Ocean

We usually use our blog to tell you technical information about various water pumps that we import from other countries into Australia. But today, we would like to tell you about the most creative use we have seen for a water pump and a filter. It was invented by two surfers from right here in Perth and it is called the Seabin.

What Does the Seabin Do?

The Seabin uses a water pump, a filter and a few pipes to clean debris from the ocean. The pump, which is above the water, transports the water into the Seabin, which traps the debris. The filtered water goes through the pipes, into the pump and is pumped back into the ocean on the other side.

Ultimately, the Seabin is a device that is like the skimmer in your swimming pool, but a lot bigger.

Water Pump Cleans the Ocean

Is the Seabin Really Necessary?

According to current estimates, there are 5.25 trillion pieces of garbage in the world’s oceans. The North Pacific Ocean between the US and Japan is called “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” It has an estimated area of 15 million square kilometres. In every square kilometre, there are an estimated 335,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometre.

This affects many different species of wildlife. On Midway, an island between Japan and the US, the entire population of Laysan albatrosses, 1.5 million, nearly all are thought to have plastic in their digestive systems. Over 267 marine species around the world have been found to be affected by plastic waste in the oceans.

Meet the Inventors

The inventors are Andrew Turton and Peter Ceglinski. They grew up together and spent most of their childhoods in the ocean. They have become so dismayed with the growing debris problem that they quit their jobs to do something about it.

They designed a prototype right here in Perth with the backing of WA firm Shark Mitigation Systems. They are marketing it in Mallorca, Spain, which is known as the “Marina capital of Europe.”

They began in Indiegogo campaign and netted $34,000 their first three days. As of now, they have raised $267,000. In addition, French company Poralu Marine has contracted to manufacture the Seabin. The first production models are planned to be installed by December 2016.

According to Mr Ceglinski, even the most beautiful tropical islands have garbage floating at the beaches and it ruins the experience for him. He is disgusted that “the world is full of trash” and feels it shouldn’t be that way.

Keeping the Oceans Clean

Citizens, governments and corporations have tried various interventions on local levels for years. This has resulted in numerous coastal cleanups and attempts by manufacturers to make product packaging less bulky and less likely to be thrown to sea. But the problem has become worse and worse as time goes on.

According to Mr Ceglinski, marinas are a logical place to start ocean cleanup efforts, because they have the most oil pollution, fuel pollution and the highest amount of human activity. It is important to Mr Ceglinski to keep plastic and other materials from floating out into the ocean where they affect marine life.

Mr Ceglinski and Mr Turton have set up their research and development centre not in Australia, but in Mallorca, due to the amount of marinas there. They hope to develop production techniques there.

What it Means to You

The Seabin won’t have a direct effect on you now, but it could be a great start at tackling the problem of our garbage becoming toxic waste in our oceans. We also like it because it shows that pumps can solve even more problems than we know about if they are used creatively.

The Finest Imported Pumps are at Pump Solutions Australasia

If you need a pump for any reason, call Pump Solutions Australasia today. We import the finest pumps from around the world because we know you can’t afford downtime. That’s why so many hospitals, hotels, manufacturing facilities and mining operations depend on us for their equipment.

A cheap pump can cost you thousands in downtime and cleanup. Don’t take that risk. Call us today: 1300 793 418.