January 22, 2019

Water Treatment Pumps

In water treatment applications, different types of pumps are selected based on criteria such as:

  • System requirements
  • Flow capacity requirements
  • Discharge pressure requirements
  • Availability of space

The pumps most commonly used in water distribution systems are centrifugal, vertical turbine, and submersible pumps.

1. Centrifugal pumps

“Centrifugal pumps are the most common types of pumps used in water distribution,” says a water industry specialist working for the Woodhams Group. A circular fan or turbine-shaped impeller is mounted on a centrally supported shaft that is rotated by a motor that can be powered by diesel fuel or electricity. When water enters at the center suction a high velocity is imparted by the rotating impeller that circulates the water, throwing it outward.

2. Vertical turbine pumps

Generally used in raw water intakes and at booster stations in a water distribution system. The water is channeled through a cross-sectional, uniform area. A central impeller is situated along the axis with blades shaped in a way that allows the water to flow in a radial direction.

3. Submersible pumps

Submersible pumps are used mostly to pump groundwater from wells and are placed below the water level. It is a multi-stage centrifugal pump with impellers mounted on a vertical shaft. An electric motor that drives the pump and constructed for use in submerged operations is positioned adjacent to the pump.

Water Treatment

Pumping pure water is very different from pumping waste water. Wastewater often contains contaminants in the form of long fibres or other abrasive solids. A lot of aggressive chemicals are used in water treatment operations. Water treatment plants usually make use of continuous flow operations with points in the process for additional treatments such as filtration, dosing of chemicals, disposal of treated sludge, sedimentation, and storage. Some water treatment operations have periodic processes …

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The Top Three Destinations to Visit In 2018

Planning your holiday for 2018 and need some inspiration?  This destination guide gives you some ideas of what to explore.   Ranging from the charms of Chile to the glorious Granada and the beaches of Bermuda, our travel experts select the top three destinations to visit during the upcoming months in 2018.

1. Italy

Italy, well known for its stunning architecture, delicious dining experiences and incredible art is one of the most popular destinations for international visitors.

Rome is beautiful, regardless of when you visit or where you go in the city. It is possible to become slightly lost, but this is not necessarily a bad thing because you can find many attractive views during your ramblings.

If you take a moment in Florence, you can enjoy the skyline views from the historical churches including the Duomo. Florence is a paradise for artists and history buffs with the Uffizi Gallery hosts some of the most spectacular pieces from the Italian Renaissance. The Florence City Tour is a must for anyone wanting to get a better understanding of the history of Italy.

2. Chile

If Brazil controlled South American travel in 2016, Chile will be taking over from 2017 onwards. Slowly and methodically, the continent is one of the most overlooked adventure tourism destinations and this is precisely why it was chosen as a destination for last year’s World Travel Awards.

Why? What makes Chile so attractive?

Chile has a geographic land space of 2,650 miles long, but it was never more than 150 miles wide. It is filled with various ecosystems, topographies and biodiversity presenting with 36 national parks, deserts and sub-polar islands. To make all of these islands and fjords accessible, it is necessary for Chile to have roads, footpaths and other infrastructure.

The capital of Chile is filled with …

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Essential Small Business Technology For 2017

A large number of small business rely on technology to manage expenses, increase efficiency, improve performance and grow profitability worldwide.

According to the study 2015 SMB Routes to Market, performed by SMB Group, 29 percent of small business view technology as significantly helping them improve their outcomes.

Business owners are already burdened with all the task required to keep their company going every day – so keeping up with the fast pace of changes in technology can become a daunting task.

Fortunately, we have compiled a list of all the technology category that a small business needs to incorporate in 2017 to succeed.

1. Mobile Is a Must

It’s hard to imagine a technology which has gained more adoption or grown faster than mobile.

In 2016 alone, over six billion people worldwide have used a mobile device. This number is expected to become close to seven billion by the year 2020.

This makes it undeniable that mobile is a must-have technology in 2017. Due to its massive growth, business should use it and incorporate it in at least four ways, apps, website design, payment, and all-in-one device use.

Mobile Apps

In “Mobile App Strategies Boost Revenues for Small Business Owners,” an article by professor Scott Shane, he explains that having a well-tested and well-developed mobile application is an incredibly effective marketing strategy which gets great results. Scott teaches entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University.

Mobile-Friendly Websites

As more and more people access the internet via mobile, it’s essential that small business have a mobile-friendly website available to their consumers. There are two reasons for that:

1. Search engines such as Bing reward mobile-friendly websites with better ranking.
2. A company without a mobile version of their website could lose business if consumers go for those that do.

Payment Methods

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Staff Turnover : How Your Building Can Help Companies Retain Their to Talent

For businesses, retaining the top talent is a challenge that you must meet head-on. With this in mind, how do you go about it? Do you use bonuses, benefits, and perks as your only incentives? Do you take into consideration the impact of your business premises?

While bonuses, perks, and benefits are critical in retaining your best talent, delve further into your staff’s needs and you will realize there are many other things that contribute to your staff’s wellbeing. Chief among them is your building.

“In a competitive business environment, providing your workers with a conducive working environment is critical,” tells us employee retention expert at GBS Corporate Training. Herein, we will explore how your building supports your effort in creating a satisfactory workplace environment.

#1. Appreciate Your Staff

Appreciating your staff member is important, as every business owner will reckon. However, the appreciation should go beyond the bonus packages that you give your staff or the spangly company Christmas events. You need to ensure that the building your staff works in is comfortable, clean, and clutter-free. Taking steps to ensure that workers work in a healthy environment is the epitome of appreciation.

As such, business owner should invest in the most effective and efficient air-conditioning system that meets their needs. Over and above this, business owners should also ensure the air-conditioner is well-maintained. Doing this goes a long way in mitigating sick building syndrome from occurring.

#2. Meet Your Worker’s Need to Extract Maximum Productivity

If you have heard your staff members complaining that “it is too hot/cold to work” you should be concerned. Such sentiments mean that they are not putting their best foot forward in their work. To correct this, you should start by ensuring that they have a comfortable working atmosphere constantly.

#3. Keep Communication

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Construction Safety Tips Around Heavy Equipment

In a construction project, heavy equipment is always present. However, despite that they’re quite useful, they can also be dangerous, especially when you are not using them correctly. That’s why accidents are quite common in the construction site; oftentimes, workers get injured whenever they are using or close to bulky or heavy equipment. To prevent that from happening, follow these construction safety tips around heavy equipment.

Wear Smart PPE

At a construction site, the employees should be encouraged to wear smart PPE, such as safety glasses, gloves, vests, hard hats, and sturdy boots. Additionally, when loading and unloading the equipment at the construction site, it should be done on level ground– this would eliminate the risks of rollovers when getting the items on or off the trailer or truck.

Constant Communication Is a Must

With the advancements in technology and the help of IoT, communication has been more comfortable. For that reason, it’s imperative for project managers to ensure that there’s constant communication with the people on the job site. A two-way radio is the best form of communication, but there are other smart devices that you can also use for this purpose.

Know Your Environment

When operating heavy machinery, it’s very important to stay alert at all times and be mindful of your surroundings. Make sure that the overhead power lines are de-energized, but if it’s not possible, then create barriers to prevent making direct contact with them. For this purpose, smart traffic cones can be quite useful as it can detect unusual activities which would automatically alert those who are in charge.

In case you are digging, check if all the underground utilities, like the gas, sewer, electrical, and water have been thoroughly reviewed and adequately marked. This would assure you that there isn’t any damage that …

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