Olathe, Kan. — Jes Munk Hansen, president and CEO of Grundfos North America, stated, “Grundfos welcomes Governor Quinn’s statements in his State of the State address related to water infrastructure and building efficiency as important policy priorities for Illinois. State governments play an important role as trend-setters for the entire nation, and we applaud the State of Illinois for its leadership on water and energy efficiency.
“Last year, the State of Illinois launched a $1 billion Clean Water Initiative to upgrade outdated water infrastructure, some of which dates back to ‘when Ulysses S. Grant was president of our country’ as Governor Quinn put it. Grundfos believes such investments in new and more efficient infrastructure are necessary to ensure future economic growth.
“Put simply: We can no longer afford the waste of water and energy that comes with old and inefficient equipment. We need to demand more of our water infrastructure from pipes to pumps.
“Pumps and pump systems account for 10 percent of global electricity consumption. With modern technology, this figure can be reduced significantly. For example, demand-driven distribution of water through state-of-the-art intelligent pump systems can reduce both leakages and electricity consumption in distribution systems by up to 50 percent.
“The general public is not aware of the enormous potential to save energy and water through modern technology, so it is very important for public officials such as Governor Quinn to continue raising awareness of these issues.”
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