Water Pump Industry Resources & Helpful Links


We hope that the resources and links below will assist you in utilizing MWI’s pumps, equipment, and our experienced people.

We want to be your first choice in a pump company with the solutions and equipment to meet your needs. As professionals, we absolutely LOVE what we do and have fun doing it. However, pumps and pumping applications is a big field, so even your particular application is outside our “wheelhouse” we can help point you in the right direction. Our goal is to have a positive influence on every person who interacts with MWI Pumps.

Another way for us to achieve that goal is sharing free resources that are available covering topics of interest to our users.


MWI has a very long reference lists of successful United States Army Corp of Engineer pump stations. Their design manual is a helpful resource for engineers and firms engaged in this work. Please contact MWI Pumps for more detailed specifications related to individual project pump requirements.

USACE Engineer Manual No. 1110-2-3105 Mechanical and Electrical Design of Pumping Stations

The purpose of this manual is to provide information and criteria pertinent to the design and selection of mechanical and electrical systems for flood-control pumping stations. Elements discussed include equipment requirements, design memorandum, Operation and Maintenance manuals, pumping equipment and conditions, discharge system, engines and gears, pump drive selection, pump and station hydraulic tests, earthquake considerations, power supply, motors, power distribution equipment, control equipment, station wiring, station and equipment grounding, surge protection, electrical equipment, environmental protection, station service electrical system, and station service diesel generator.

USACE Engineer Manual 1110-2-3102 General Principles of Pumping Station Design and Layout

This manual provides information and criteria pertinent to the design and layout of civil works flood control pumping stations. Elements discussed include various sump designs and discharge arrangements, station type and layout requirements, and environmental and power requirements.


MWI Pumps provides stormwater pumps to DOT departments throughout the United States. Their design guides and manuals are very helpful to any engineers, but they also provide a great overview of pump options and station design.

U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Highway Stormwater Pump Station Design Hydraulic Engineering Circular 24 Publication No. FHWA-NHI-01-007 February 2001

This circular provides a comprehensive and practical guide for the design of stormwater pump station systems associated with transportation facilities. Guidance is provided for the planning and design of pump stations which collect, convey, and discharge stormwater flowing within and along the right-of-way of transportation systems. Methods and procedures are given for determining cumulative inflow, system storage needs, pump configuration and selection, discharge system size, and sump dimensions. Pump house features are identified and construction and maintenance considerations are addressed. Additionally, considerations for retrofitting existing storm water pump stations are presented.

This circular provides a comprehensive and practical guide for the design of storm drainage systems associated with transportation facilities. Design guidance is provided for the design of storm drainage systems which collect, convey, and discharge stormwater flowing within and along the highway right-of-way. Methods and procedures are given for the hydraulic design of storm drainage systems. Design methods are presented for evaluating rainfall and runoff magnitude, pavement drainage, gutter flow, inlet design, median and roadside ditch flow, structure design, and storm drain piping. Procedures for the design of detention facilities are also presented, along with an overview of storm water pumping stations and urban water quality practices. This edition presents a major change in the methodology discussed in Chapter 5 for designing channels and in Chapter 7 for calculating energy losses in storm drain access holes.
This course provides detailed instruction in the design and analysis of highway stormwater pump stations including guidance on location and type selection. A major portion of the course is devoted to recommended hydraulic design procedures for sizing and optimizing the performance of stormwater pump stations and includes solving of classroom example problems. This course is also offered as a 1-day add-on to FHWA-NHI-135027 Urban Drainage Design. Topics to be discussed include, site considerations, hydrology, storage, pump configuration, mass curve routing, pump selection, sump dimensions, and mechanical and electrical considerations.


University of Florida, IFAS,  Pumps for Florida Irrigation and Drainage Systems Dorota Z. Haman

Our pumps are often used to store water in ponds or pump water out of ponds. This design guide provided by the United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resource Conservation Service is a great resource. 

This handbook describes the requirements for building a pond. It is useful to the landowner for general information and serves as a reference for the engineer, technician, and contractor.

Ponds-Planning, Design and Construction

Available as a downloadable PDF only. AH-590 is an 85-page handbook that describes the requirements for building a pond. (1997)

Constructed Wetlands

Constructed wetlands are treatment systems that use natural processes involving wetland vegetation, soils, and their associated microbial assemblages to improve water quality. The following documents provide additional information about constructed treatment wetlands. MWI Pumps are used in many wetland installations, below is a link to good guidance and design information provided by the US EPA


These are very useful guides , and are generally used throughout the pump industry. This link takes you to the site where these publications can be purchased and downloaded.

Water Environment Federation has the following guideline available for purchase:

Design of Wastewater and Stormwater Pumping Stations

This manual has been prepared to assist the practicing engineer in the design of wastewater and stormwater pumping stations and is for the experienced designer rather than the novice. The publication covers the similarities between wastewater and stormwater pumps, pipes, valves, and controls, and covers the differences in station hydraulics and operational considerations such as the intermittent operation of a stormwater pumping station. Chapters include pumping station capacity, configuration and design, piping systems and hydraulic considerations, electrical and instrumentation design, odor control, special structures, and more. 


MWI has been in the construction dewatering industry since 1968. These publicly available free resources are a great reference that outlines the various methods of dewatering and groundwater control, including wellpoint systems.

Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) UFC 3-220-05 Dewatering and Groundwater Control United States Department of Defense Manual

This manual provides guidance for the planning, design, supervision, construction, and operation of dewatering and pressure relief systems and of seepage cutoffs for deep excavations for structures. It presents: description of various methods of dewatering and pressure relief; techniques for determining groundwater conditions, characteristics of pervious aquifers, and dewatering requirements; guidance for specifying requirements for dewatering and seepage control measures; guidance for determining the adequacy of designs and plans prepared by contractors; procedures for designing, installing, operating, and checking the performance of dewatering systems for various types of excavations; and descriptions and design of various types of cutoffs for controlling groundwater.


MWI has been involved in numerous emergency responses requiring rapid response and drawdowns. Below are some excellent free publications and resources that help provide some guidance to responsible persons. In addition, our experience is always available 24/7/365 and just a phone call away.

From the Montana Association of Dams and Canal:

Guidelines for Use of Pumps and Siphons for Emergency Reservoir Drawdown

The Guideline for Use of Pumps and Siphons for Reservoir Drawdown provides the reader information to determine the best method to employ for reservoir drawdown. Both pumps and siphons effectively remove water from reservoirs and can provide the necessary increased capacity in emergency situations. Each site and event has unique circumstances which will determine the method best suited. This guidebook outlines a process using basic hydraulic and logistical considerations for determining the best method for reservoir drawdown. Part of this process includes outlining important factors to be used in decision making. Key topics for both pumps and siphons are explored in detail.

Reducing Damage from Localized Flooding A Guide for Communities FEMA 511 / June 2005

This guide is intended to help local offices in cities, towns, villages, and counties in the United States understand what they can do to reduce the damage, disruption, and public and private costs that result from the shallow, localized flooding that occurs within their jurisdictions. This is flooding that all too often escapes the attention received by larger floods or those that are clearly mapped and subject to floodplain development regulations.


MWI pumps have been supplied to Bureau of Reclamation that insure the protection of fish or fish migrations. Many of these facilities utilize MWI pumps as part of the system, when appropriate. This resource is a helpful guide when needing to address or solve fish related issues.

U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation Denver, Colorado:

Fish Protection at Water Diversions: A Guide for Planning and Designing Fish Exclusion Facilities