# Basic Pumping Calculations

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.
PUMPING RATES
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

Example:
Problem
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?
Solution
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