Pentairs Pumps Perform Well in Hurricane Gustav Challenge


Pentair, Inc. announced that the eleven Fairbanks Morse ("Fairbanks") pumps installed in New Orleans 17th Street canal performed as planned, helping to prevent flooding from Hurricane Gustav.

Each of the Pentair pumps is capable of pumping approximately 160,000 gallons of water per minute; they serve as additional capacity to the city s existing water infrastructure to manage water levels in the event of hurricanes such as Gustav.

"As expected, Pentair s Fairbanks Morse pumps have responded to the rising waters caused by Hurricane Gustav and are serving the needs of New Orleans," said Michael V. Schrock, president and chief operating officer.

On Monday night, the 17th Street canal gates were closed and the pumps began moving approximately 7,000 cubic feet of water per second; in just one hour, the system had lowered the canal levels by approximately 3 feet to safe levels. Helping to keep portions of the city safe, Pentair s pumps are part of a sophisticated system that serves the east bank of New Orleans by draining storm run-out to prevent flooding.

Fairbanks Morse makes a broad range of pumps serving municipal, commercial and industrial markets with products including large split case, vertical turbine and vertical turbine solids-handling (VTSH(R)), vortex, and propeller pumps. Past Fairbanks projects include pumps with diameters as large as 140 inches and with capacities up to 1 million gallons per minute.

About Pentair, Inc.

Pentair is a diversified operating company headquartered in Minnesota. Its Water Group is a global leader in providing innovative products and systems used worldwide in the movement, treatment, storage and enjoyment of water. Pentair s Technical Products Group is a leader in the global enclosures and thermal management markets, designing and manufacturing thermal management products and standard, modified, and custom enclosures that house and protect sensitive electronics and electrical components. With 2007 revenues of $3.30 billion, Pentair employs approximately 16,000 people worldwide.

About Fairbanks Morse

Fairbanks Morse is an industry leader in innovative pump design and technology serving the wastewater and water markets. It is part of the Pentair Water Group.

Source: Pentair plc.

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