Electricity and water consumption are intimately connected. No example is clearer than the use of high capacity wells for municipal and agricultural water production. Operating and maintenance costs are a significant component of water production and can exceed the cost of treatment needed to prepare well water for distribution. AGWT brought together water design and treatment experts for a one-day workshop (Water Well and Pump Performance: The Economic Basis for Water Well Operation, Rehabilitation & Maintenance Decisions) in Phoenix to describe the importance of proper design and planned maintenance programs to keep high-capacity water wells operating efficiently. Poorly designed wells require excessive electricity from day-one to meet production targets. Associated sub-par physical designs can lead to extra maintenance and eventually to premature failure and abandonment of wells. The utility and agriculture industry professionals in the audience learned techniques and strategies for determining appropriate well designs and maintenance red flags to avoid excessive expenses while extending the capital value of their well systems.
AGWT is grateful for the volunteer time and experience extended to the workshop by the presenters (picture, front row from left) Kevin McGinnis, Cotey Chemicals; Jim Bailey, Shannon & Wilson; Tanner Tryon, Hose Solutions, Inc.; (picture, back row from left) Dan Peters, Yaskawa America, Inc.; Neil Mansuy, Subsurface Technologies; and Kevin McGillicuddy, Roscoe Moss Company.
A CD of the presentations (PDF format) offered at the Phoenix Well and Pump Performance workshop is available for a small fee that supports the education programs of the American Ground Water Trust. Send an email to the Trust for more information.