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January 1985


Indroduction: As the costs for pumping municipal, industrial and irrigation water rise, owners and the public area giving increased attention to energy conservation. One way to conserve energy is to operate water pumps at or near peak efficiency. The measurement of pump efficiency usually requires a special test equipment, a skilled operator and time to perform the test. Owners may find it more economical to waste power than to monitor for inefficiencies. One way to help change this situation is to develop inexpensive equipment for unskilled people to use to obtain rapid measurements of pump efficiency under typical operating conditions. Such equipment would enable pump owners to find out quickly when their equipment was operating below maximum efficiency so the problems could be corrected. Prudent and timely maintenance work would pay off by making the pumping operation more economical and conserving energy resources.