The Pumps & Systems team recently returned from a well-attended WEFTEC, where the word on the street is that business in the industry is increasing and optimism is abundant.

Of course, energy efficiency continues to be a major topic. This is not surprising, particularly coming from a water show. Several key industry players demonstrated products and services with “Energy” as the key buzzword. At an ITT news briefing, we learned some interesting statistics about energy use in water and wastewater. This industry consumes 56 billion kWh of electricity, generates 45 million tons of greenhouse gases and spends $4 billion on electricity each year. ITT tells us the demand is expected to grow 20 percent by 2025, confirming the tremendous recurring savings potential available. For example, anywhere from 15 to 60 percent of energy use can be saved in pumps and motors with the use of VFDs, non-clog pumps and high efficiency selection.

We had discussions with other major pump and motor companies—including Moyno, Grundfos, ABS, ABB and Baldor Electric Company, among others—regarding the importance of using premium efficiency products to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact.

Pumps & Systems has covered energy efficiency for several years, while the interest and concern has continually increased. We recently released our 2010 Editorial Calendarand have continued coverage planned for next year. We would like to hear from you regarding energy issues. What types of technical articles and case studies will help you prepare for new energy efficient standards in the industry? Comment here or contact me directly at

In the meantime, please view our video coverage of WEFTEC for information on some of the latest products and technologies introduced in Orlando in October. And don't miss our much anticipated December issue, which reveals the winner and finalists of our inaugural Product Innovation of the Year Award!

This month, visit us at Booth #855 at The Chem Show in New York (Nov. 17-19).