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There’s a heightened awareness of sustainability and making environmentally friendly choices. And consumers are increasingly scrutinizing the environmental practices of the brands and companies they use, promoting and practicing sustainability not only helps the earth, it can also help boost profits.

The Merriam Webster Dictionary definition of sustainable is: “involving methods that do not completely use up or destroy natural resources.” Given that definition itself, it’s easy to see the connection between sustainability and pump energy efficiencies

However, taking this concept of sustainability a step further, we start to think in terms of resources in general. Even the term ‘natural resource’ could be expanded to mean many different things in the pump industry. But if we just narrow it down to the word ‘resource’ itself, then we get a more holistic perspective of the over-reaching subject of sustainability and sustainability as it relates to ensuring the pump systems you use for each application are the most energy efficient choice.

1. How to achieve energy efficiency in pumping technology?

Pumps that are oversized are even more at risk of the dangers involved with wear and erosion and in turn leakage and operational issues occur at a faster pace. This can create a cost waste not only in energy overspending, but also in having to purchase more of the pumps themselves; not to mention the additional cost in time choosing new pumps to purchase, man-hours involved in the purchasing process, and man-hours involved in installation of the pumps and any related and/or affected system parts.

It can often be very confusing for plant managers and others involved in the pumping system purchasing decisions because there are many different pumps that might technically speaking ‘do the job.’ However, only a select few will actually ‘do the job’ in a sustainable fashion and be in the company’s best interest to purchase and install.

Building strong partnerships with our customers is of great importance to us, because it is purely by understanding our customers’ needs that we can meet the expectations of tomorrow, in addition, it can enable both of us with an easier way to learn and communicate, sharing the knowledge with one another and helping all to locate the best resources both in terms of knowledge sharing and best practice identification with much greater ease!

Energy efficiency is a topic that should be on everyone’s agenda. Environmental concerns as well as the impact on business overheads means that reducing energy consumption is vital within industrial plants. When you are thinking about pump energy efficiency issues, just remember: with the right pump designed with the application in mind, environmentally friendly pumps can actually save money in the long run while also delivering performance.

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2. How loud is the pump?

While some may not consider noise pollution on par with other forms of pollutants, it does have an impact on the environment, humans, and wildlife. Some studies have shown that noise pollution causes stress in some organisms and wildlife, even leading to smaller broods in some songbird species. Noise pollutants may also impact the survival rates of animals that use sound for navigation, breeding, or avoiding predators.

According to the CDC and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), prolonged exposure to decibels exceeding 85 requires hearing protection.

3. Reverse osmosis process itself is one of the most sustainable solutions separating salt from seawater.

98% of the Earth’s water is saltwater, found in seas and oceans. The other 2% is freshwater, for use by homes, farms and industry, but 40% of people cannot access it. Some people have to travel miles to find freshwater. Could we, however, use saltwater to supply the places that most need it? Yes. Desalination technology makes that possible.

The most advanced and efficient system is reverse osmosis. In reverse osmosis desalination, water is taken from the sea and receives a first treatment to eliminate impurities, oil, seaweed, rubbish, and so on. Once free of organic substances, the saltwater can be subjected to reverse osmosis. After the filtering, we have two streams: one brine and the other freshwater. The brine solution is diluted before being returned to the sea, avoiding high concentrations of salt which could harm the ecosystem. The freshwater passes through a remineralization and chlorination process, after which it is stored in tanks and then sent to the distribution network for consumption.

Reverse osmosis is not only the most advanced desalination system in the world today, it is the most efficient and beneficial for the planet: it generates up to four-and-a half-times fewer greenhouse gas emissions than all other technologies, it doesn’t harm the marine environment, and it’s able to recover a large part of the energy used in the process.

We serve customers across industries, bringing relentless innovation, and uncompromising quality to every product we make. Our reputation is built on experience, but everything we do is geared toward powering the future. Globally focused, locally implemented. We believe in doing business the right way and our sustainability efforts are rooted in our ongoing commitment to the communities and environments in which we work.

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