Pump Systems Training for Water and Wastewater

  • Register
    • Non-member - $695
    • Member - $595
    • Associate Member - $595
    • Academic Partner - $595
    • PSAP Industry Partner - $595
    • Pump Industry Partner - $595
    • Pump Industry Partner Retiree - $595
    • Standards Partner - Consultant - $595
    • Standards Partner - End User - $595
    • Standards Partner - End User & Basic Training - $595
    • Training Partner - $595



Two leading Pump Associations have joined forces to present a pump Technical Training Seminar specifically designed for pump system end-users and operators in the Water/Wastewater sector.  This two-day training event will feature more than 10 instructors, each sharing product and application specific knowledge in 18 training sessions designed to increase understanding of pumps, specific applications and system interactions; and share best practices regarding troubleshooting common issues in Water/Wastewater pumping applications.  In addition to the formal training, informal, hands on exposure will be available on select equipment at table-top exhibits.

Participants will leave this seminar with understanding of how pumps, motors, drives and controls interact, are tested and used in W/WW facilities, as well as how to improve operations, identify and address common performance issues.

Course Objectives

  • Understanding Water Treatment Plant Pumps and their Applications
  • Applying Pump Curves, System Curves and NPSH
  • Pump Testing and Acceptance Grades
  • How to identify and troubleshoot common operating problems
  • Motor, Drive, Controls & VFD Fundamentals
  • Vibration, Water Hammer and System Performance Basics
  • The role for specific purpose pumps: pressure sewer, chopper and grinder pumps
  • How to enhance system performance and apply smart water solutions

Registration Fees: 

Early Bird (by April 15th)

  •  $495 member /$595 non-member

Regular (after April 15th)

  • $595 member / $695 non-member

Features and Benefit

  • Intensive two-day course with 18 individual course modules taught by Subject Matter Experts
  • Networking with peers and industry experts from the Hydraulic Institute and SWPA.
  • Hand’s on time with instructors at table-top exhibits on Thursday.
  • Participants will receive course materials electronically

Training Location

Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel

50 N. 3rd Street Columbus, OH 43215

Hotel Room Block Information

Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel

50 N. 3rd Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Standard Rooms: $179/night 

Reservation Link: https://book.passkey.com/gt/218383610?gtid=85124b8aeb9738169a3a3bfa6ad6544d

Day 1 - General Course

Pump curves, total head, NPSHA/NPSHR, power/efficiency - Presented by: Jim Swetye, Hydraulic Institute Authorized Training Instructor

The performance of pumps is communicated with a pump curve, which includes total head, NPSH requirements, efficiency and power, all as a function of flow rate.  Each of these items will be delved into to provide the student an understanding of their meaning, importance and how they are developed.

System curves and varying operating points - Presented by: Jim Swetye, Hydraulic Institute Authorized Training Instructor
Pump systems have frictional, elevation, and pressure characteristics that will inform a system.  Understanding the system curve and how it varies is the first step in selecting a pump and how to control the flow and pressure.

Introduction to pumps and types used in water and wastewater treatment - Presented by: Jim Swetye, Hydraulic Institute Authorized Training Instructor
This session covers rotodynamic (centrifugal) and positive displacement pumps used in water and wastewater treatment.  You will walk away with an understanding of technologies, basic functionalities, and various types.

Water treatment plant pump applications - Presented by: Ed Pascua, Kennedy Jenks

Wastewater management and treatment has many pumping applications with varying application considerations.  For a typical treatment plant important considerations for each application will be reviewed and the typical pump types that are applied. 

Storm water - Presented by: Bob Domkowski, Xylem/Flygt.  
As communities must recover from hurricanes, record rainfall and flooding, utilities and businesses need to prepare for the worst and require solutions for pumping stations, stormwater systems and emergency contingency plans.

Pump testing and acceptance grades - Presented by: Barry Jongsma, Pentair

ANSI/HI 14.6 and 11.6 cover the acceptance testing of rotodynamic pumps and submersible rotodynamic pumps.  , The history and applicability of the standards is described, as well as the test types, test procedures and test acceptance criteria. Considerations when developing a testing specification are reviewed and routine manufacturing testing is explained.  Cost and delivery impacts for specific testing is explored along with their potential benefit

AC motors - Presented by: Chris Caldwell, Pete Duty & Associates
This session deals with the construction, rating & application of submersible motors.  The session will cover basic submersible motor construction features and will include detailed discussions of motor ratings such as efficiency, power factor, torque, insulation classes, etc.

Smart water solutions - Presented by: Bob Domkowski Xylem/Flygt.
This session will highlight breakthrough technologies and outline the substantial benefits of using intelligent equipment with a fully harmonized system.  Significant OpEx and CapEx savings can be achieved by integrating intelligent controls and sensors to manage problems autonomously and optimize performance without operator intervention.

Flushable consumer products – effective methods to eliminate clogging of pumps  - Presented by: Bob Domkowski, Xylem/Flygt

Consumer products marketed as “flushables” along with water conservation combine to create frequent pump clogging problems for wastewater utilities. The presentation considers the characteristics of wastewater, industry response to flushable products, the historical approach to solids handling, how manufacturers respond to the problem, and alternative methods to eliminate clogging. 

Day 2 - Participants can choose from Track 2 options (chosen onsite - **Included in both options)

Track 1

Introduction to pump vibration - Presented byPaul Boyadjis, Mechanical Solutions & Bob Sayer, Vibration Institute
This session provides an overview of vibration analysis of rotodynamic pumps.  Focus is on centrifugal pumps of all types regarding their typical vibration issues such as imbalance misalignment, rubs, looseness, etc.  Troubleshooting methods and fixes are discussed with real life case histories.

Pump inlet piping best practices - Presented byEd Pascua, Kennedy Jenks
Pump inlet conditions is one of the most common causes of poor pump reliability.  Pumps can be submerged in a wet pit or draw liquid through piping.  The inlet conditions need to provide uniform flow to the pump without drawing in vapor, or significant cavitation occurring.  Best practices will be presented for pump inlets conditions.

Introduction to water hammer - Presented by: Scott Lang, Applied Flow Technology
Water hammer (hydraulic transients) occurs in pumping systems due when steady state is disrupted, such as valve closures, pump speed changes, check valves closing, pumps starting and stopping, etc.  The impact of the pressure water hammer depends on many factors, but can result in pump system failures.  This session will provide an basic understanding of the condition and what to look for.

**Troubleshooting cavitation and air entrainment - Presented by: Chris Caldwell, Pete Duty And Associates
Cavitation and air entrainment are common problems affecting pumps. Both problems cause damage to pumps, reduce pump life, and increase maintenance cost, however cavitation and air entrainment have very different root causes.  In this course you will learn how to recognize and properly diagnose each of these problems, as well as learn possible solutions to each.  

Pump operating regions and the effect on efficiency and reliability - Presented byBryce Wells, Flowserve
The flow rate that a pump is operated relative to its design is important for the efficiency and reliability of the pump.  Attendees will learn about the pumps best efficiency point, how the preferred operating region is defined, and factors that are considered in determining the pumps allowable operating region as well as strategies to maintain operation in these regions.

**Introduction to variable speed pumping using variable frequency drives - Presented byChris Caldwell, Pete Duty & Associates and Jeremy Drinkwine, SJE Rhombus
Varying the speed of pumps for improved control and reduced energy consumption has grown significantly and is expected to continue to do so. A primary method to do this is controlling the motor speed with a variable frequency drive (VFD).  This session will provide a an understanding how varying the speed changes the system operating point and the impact on pump selection.  Additionally VFDs and how they are used to control the pump speed will be covered.

Track 2

Controls 101 - Presented by: John Evans MP Electronics
This presentation will cover the most seen methods of level control with an explanation of some commonly used control topics. These methods of Level Controls will be discussed:  Floats and Float Systems, Bubbler Systems, Ultrasonic Control and Level Probe Control.  Common Control Topics will include: The 4-20 mA loop, isolated vs. non-isolated inputs, Level control vs. PID and more.

Grinder pumps and pressure sewers - Presented by: Walt Erndt, Ebara
Since the early 1970s, pressure sewer systems have been an effective method to move residential wastewater through small diameter pipes of a wastewater collection system where other methods are less economical and less feasible.  It has taken more than four decades for pressure sewer systems to take their proper place within the public health engineering field.  Today, these systems provide daily service to more than a million users worldwide and range in size from a single pump to thousands of pumps.

Large grinder & chopper Pumps - Presented by: David Williams, Liberty Pumps
As wastewater has changed with the advent of lower flow fixtures and increased use of “flushables”, larger capacity downstream lift stations are now more difficult to maintain due to chronic clogging and jamming issues.  This session will provide an overview of the evolution of pump wet-end design and a detailed review of new generation, larger HP grinder and chopper pumps; their strengths and weaknesses.  Attendees will learn from successful implementations and how to identify when they provide the right solution to difficult applications.

Lift station valving - Presented by: Bo Anderson, Flomatic Valves
Today, the criteria for designing and selecting specific valves are well understood.  The challenge for a pump station designer is to take advantage of the features and advantages of different types of valves on a system basis.  This presentation will focus on the design and selection of check valves, air valves and plug/gate valves for wastewater lift stations.  The types of valves on the market will be examined and, more importantly, how they interact with the system.


Live In-Person Event in Columbus, Ohio
06/23/2022 at 8:00 AM (EDT)   |  1 day, 6 hours
06/23/2022 at 8:00 AM (EDT)   |  1 day, 6 hours