Tracking Pump Health

Pumps wear over time. A pump's "health" refers to its state of wear, and an unhealthy, worn pump produces less flow and operates at reduced energy efficiency. Unfortunately, many utilities lack the ability to track the health of their pumps. This means that pumps run at significantly reduced levels of efficiency for years until they fail entirely.

The Dynamic Pump Optimizer (DPO) performs periodic, in situ pump tests to measure and track each pump's Pump Health Index (PHI). Additionally, monthly reports that include information on the health of each pump in the system are emailed to managers' and operators each month. This gives utilities the information they need to keep their pumps operating as efficiently and reliably as possible.

System Overview - Health at a Glance

Access your Specific Energy account from any computer or mobile device to view your pumps' health, pump station capacity, tank levels, operator-support advisory notifications, and much more. The DPO is continually monitoring and collecting data on pump performance, flow rates, pressures, and VFD status. The top-level System Overview screen shows all of a customer’s production sites on pump station tiles.

Each pump station tile shows a 24-hour trend of pump runs, current flow, Pump Health Index, Energy Efficiency Index, Transient Control Index, alarms, and operation mode.

Pump Health Index - Track Pump Efficiency

The Pump Health Index (PHI) is a number from 0-100 that represents the health of each pump in your system. The PHI for each pump is included on each pump station tile (shown above) so you can tell at a glance if you have any pumps in your system that need maintenance attention. A low Pump Health Index indicates a worn pump, which means you will see a reduction in the capacity and efficiency of that pump.

Monthly Reports - Helping You Make Informed Management Decisions

Specific Energy’s reports contain the information you need to compute return on investment (ROI) to determine when it is advantageous to repair or refurbish a pump, and whether to upgrade the pump’s impeller material to increase the span between repairs.

Using SEC data of all pumps across a water distribution system, management can prioritize maintenance schedules to maximize ROI. Proactive maintenance is less expensive than reactive emergency repairs, resulting in a more reliable system and reduced cost. Specific Energy automatically delivers monthly SEC-based Pump Performance Benchmarking reports via email to a list of recipients provided by the customer. View our sample reports below.

Sample Pump Station Report
Sample Lift Station Report