Grundfos pumps: Tapping safety and efficiency together

Grundfos workshopThe water supplied by the UAE municipalities meet the WHO water safety standards, yet the country is today also the largest consumer of bottled drinking water. Why is that? Ronak Monga, segment development manager, Grundfos Gulf Distribution FZE, explains the predicament

“This is because consumers are not sure what happens to the water once it is within the building.”

At an exclusive industry event ‘Grundfos Booster Day’ that was held at its Jebel Ali facility, Monga demonstrated to engineers, contractors, and customers the benefits of using the right materials in buildings to ensure safe and clean drinking water.

According to a WHO report, the integrity of well-managed distribution systems is one of the most important barriers that protect drinking water from contamination. He maintained that if the pumps that go into the building are selected with hygiene in mind, there shouldn’t be a reason for anyone to not use the water directly.

The main idea behind the event was to put the things in the right perspective.

Speaking to Technical Review Middle East, Monga said, “We wanted to break the myths on the pump systems and use facts to change the mindset. Our event today also consisted of activities that encouraged our customers to show what they know and how we can help change the ‘usual’ approach to achieve cost optimisation and energy efficiency.”

Sadly, even in iconic projects across the GCC, the booster pumps are one of the most ignored parts of the buildings. To imagine that these will be supplying water to the residents is heartbreaking. I have witnessed all standards of electrical, mechanical and hygiene been compromised to save some money. We want our customers to not compromise on this.”

At the workshop, the latest update to Grundfos CR Booster Pumps – XL CR Booster –was also unveiled that helps boost the pressure of water supply equally during demanding times and in high occupancy buildings. 

The role of a pressure booster is critical in buildings as well as municipality networks to maintain specified flow at all times.

According to Monga, the vertical multistage pump is one of the best for boosting of water pressure. “Vertical multistage pumps have had limitations on size and capacity of flow which is why other types of pumps like single stage have landed up to transfer water. These pumps run all day round but they are not the best tools for the job thereby decreasing efficiency.

“As pioneers in pump efficiency, we developed a product that could meet the higher capacity demands even for the most demanding applications. That was the reason behind the birth of XL CR Booster Pumps. We have focused on efficiency for mission-critical applications, reliability, and robustness. Now we are able to assemble up to six XL CR Pumps into packaged booster systems with compatible controls and VFDs, meeting capacity of up 1,500 cu/m per hour.”     

With over 50 booster units ready for dispatch on display, the six CRE – XL booster unit assembled at the UAE’s homegrown ISO 9906 certified Grundfos factory stole the spotlight. The booster is one of the four boosters for a UAE-based water authority, aimed to provide access to clean drinkable water to over 5,000 residents. 

In the UAE, water and energy savings go hand in hand. The Supreme Council of Energy launched the Demand Side Management Strategy 2030 to reduce energy and water demand by 30 per cent by 2030 as part of its efforts to make Dubai a leading example of energy efficiency regionally and globally.


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