Basic Pumping Calculations

Certain computations used for determining various pumping parameters are important to the water/wastewater operator. In this section, we use basic-pumping calculations relevant to the subject matter.
Important Point:
$The rate of flow produced by a pump is expressed as the volume of water pumped
during a given period.The mathematical problems most often encountered by water/wastewater operators when determining pumping rates are often determined by using Equations

Pumping rate (gpm)=gallons / minutes

Pumping rate (gph)=gallons / hours

The meter on the discharge side of the pump reads in hundreds of gallons. If the meter shows a reading of 110 at 2:00 p.m. and 320 at 2:30 p.m., what is the pumping rate expressed in gallons per minute?
The problem asks for pumping rate in gallons per minute (gpm), so we use Equation
• Step 1: To solve this problem, we must first find the total gallons pumped (determined
from the meter readings).
32,000 gal – 11,000 gal = 21,000 gal
• Step 2: This quantity was pumped between 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. for a total of 30
minutes. From this information, calculate the gpm pumping rate:

Pumping rate (gpm)=21,000 gal / 30 min
=700 gpm pumping rate

Article by Sivanandan


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