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    Hydrostatic testing by Australian Pump's equipment helps save water

    Australian Pump Industries

    Australian Pump Industries presents a complete range of hydrostatic test equipment designed to test underground and surface mounted pipelines.

    Water, an invaluable resource is wasted due to reasons such as ageing infrastructure and a general lack of visibility of water transfer pipes and particularly connection points. Hydrostatic testers are used to regularly monitor leakage in pipes, and can work to save huge amounts of water. 

    Australian Pump Industries has undertaken an education programme aimed at both private and public water authorities to reinforce the need to identify leaks through monitored hydrostatic test programmes. Operating from a 2½ acre factory warehouse complex in Sydney, Australian Pump builds a full range of standardised hydrostatic testing machines designed to deliver convenience and efficiency affordably.

    Product Manager Brad Farrugia explains that the company caters for everything from small 20 Bar engine drive testers designed for plumbers, right up to big machines for testing pipelines and systems in major government infrastructure.

    Given that meteorologists are predicting the strong possibility of an El Nino effect causing a massive drought throughout the East Coast of Australia in 2014, it’s critical for governments and private users to identify and minimise leaks.

    Australian Pump’s new initiative for 2014 called ‘Don’t Waste a Drop’ is an education programme designed to help plumbers, contractors, government utilities and private water companies reduce waste by simple hydrostatic testing. The new 20-40 Bar test units operate in flows of 40 lpm to 150 lpm and are suitable for leakage testing in domestic water lines and factory systems. 

    Key features of these testers include reliable high pressure diaphragm pumps that are easy to service and maintain, and a double gauge and double valve system that enables the pressure to be locked off in the line after pressurisation.

    Bigger machines designed for high pressure systems in the oil and gas industry are now manufactured by Australian Pump Industries. The whole range is available in petrol, diesel or electric configurations with machines up to 80HP being mounted in heavy duty galvanised trolleys that suit remote site conditions.

    According to Farrugia, all high pressure machines in the 100 Bar through to 500 Bar category, come with safety valves that protect both the machine and operator in the event of an accidental pressure spike.

    The company reports a huge success with the hydrostatic testers as authorities around the world become increasingly conscious of the need to stop leaks, whether in oil, gas or water systems. 

    Australian Pump’s range of highly portable hydrostatic testers means that testing can be done inexpensively and on site with a petrol or diesel engine drive unit.

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