The mission of the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is to practice and promote effective conservation on behalf of the
world’s wildlife. We’re charged with coming up with ideas
in ways that we could reduce our carbon footprint, increase efficiencies and
essentially walk the walk as we talk the talk. We use the 438 in our Aquatic Animal
Care Center, all of our aquariums, our marine mammal systems, our pumping
stations, our pools for our Asia animals. Really anywhere we have a water pump or
a motor that we can attach the analyzer to we can use it and we have used it.
I just hooked up the 438, monitored the pump here, made adjustments to the valves to bring
it back in. It’s made it more effective, more
efficient, the information is better. It’s allowed us to identify areas of
inefficiencies and make corrections. Before the 438, we would just rely on our
five senses. Walk into a room, “What does it sound like? Can we hear any screeching
of the motors?” and now that we have the 438, we’re able to utilize that in our
maintenance schedule, attach it to the motors, and determine has there
been any degradation of the pump efficiency and the pump curve? Is there
any adjustments we can make to the valves? Do we need to replace the
bearings? Grease the pumps and utilize all of those data that we get from the
438 to make educated decisions. If we’re using less water and less electricity, if we’re getting more life expectancy out of existing pumps, if they’re lasting a
year longer that definitely saves money. So, the less money we need to spend on
emergency maintenance costs and replacement of pumping systems, the more money we can spend directly on the animals and their well being.
We are also you know utilizing less energy which just has a better impact
for all of the animals in the world and our sustainability.