Controlling Submersible Water Pumps

Controlling Submersible Water Pumps

The invention of the submersible water pump was likely one of the most important, though classically overlooked, discoveries made by mankind.  The ability to move water with a device that is electrically operated yet with the ability to be submersed, is tremendously valuable.

Submersible pumps are used in many of the water wells in existence today, which means that they deliver the much-needed, clean drinking water to our homes, offices, schools, and hospitals.

Maintaining a submersible pump, however, can be a bit more challenging than inspecting one that is above the surface of the water.  Fortunately, sensors and controls have made it possible for technicians to operate the pumps, improve the efficiency, and note problems without having to go underwater to detect them.

With submersible pumps, the pumping action will start and stop based on demand, and in most cases, the pumps are enabled by pressure switches.  The NoShok 100 pressure sensor is one of these types of switches, when the system pressure reaches a certain set point, requiring the pump to be activated, the NoShok 100 sends a signal to the pump control.

Other types of control can also be initiated by the NoShok sensor. For instance if the system is operating at a constant pressure the NoShok can send updated signals to the pump control to speed up or slow down the pump therefore saving pump life and energy.

With such sensors and controls in place, the facility managers can allow the submersible water pump to do its job without interference.  If sensors indicate a problem with pressure readings or flow problems in the system, the technician can step in, before the issue becomes a much bigger problem.  In this way, the pump can be cared for and, in most cases, the technician doesn’t even have to get wet.