December 27, 2011 | Mark Paradies

Drinking Water Emergency at Point Hope Caused by Pump Impeller Problems

How can bad equipment reliability cause a crisis? Imagine losing the water supply at your house or business for an extended period.

It seems that all five impellers on their five pumps failed due to corrosion on pumps at the Point Hope, CA, water plant.

The previous impellers lasted lasted 67 years without failure but the new pumps at a new plant commissioned in 2005 only made it until 2011. The first impeller inspection wasn’t even scheduled until 20012.

For complete details, see these stories:

http://www.northumberlandtoday.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3414004

http://www.northumberlandnews.com/news/article/1269311–upkeep-issues-ruled-out-as-port-hope-water-emergency-cause

And if you want to learn more about troubleshooting pump problems, attend the TapRooT®/Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting and Root Cause Analysis Course. CLICK HERE to see the public course schedule for 2012.

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