Fix the pumps

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The complete memo

Here's the May 4, 2006 memorandum for record, with all the attachments, from Ms. Garzino to Colonel Setliff. It's about 12.5 megs.

I received it as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request placed with the Corps. Unfortunately, the Corps blacked out all the names. I will be appealing this. Even so, the events described leave little to the imagination.

The memo


  • I am new to this site so I may be repeating others, but how effin difficult could it be to keep pumps in good working order or to add more pumps back for added capacity or back? I mean our sewage treatment plants probably do a better job at it!

    By Blogger queek, at March 14, 2007 2:59 PM  

  • Have we, the American People learned to listen to
    the truth of engineers?

    Roger Boisjoly and the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster
    Oscar Shirani and Nuclear Power Plants.
    woman whistleblower, friend of Mrs. Rumsfeld and Walter Reed Hospital

    Matt McBride
    Mechanical Engineer

    What do ASME, IEEE, NSPE or even NSBE (black engineers) have to say?
    former officer, ASME and former PE.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 14, 2007 3:47 PM  

  • New Orleans is a boat. If the pumps don't work, the boat will sink!
    preliminary analysis of document.
    did not meet contract specs
    root causes NOT determined for high percentage of multiple failures
    tests performed in the absence of gov't representative
    subcontractor not present
    test requirements weakened
    'libelous' attack on inspector shows lack of good faith
    circumvent the 'chain of command' by contractor shows lack of good faith.
    Testing under NON-realistic conditions
    Experience and planning weakness shown by multiple catastrophic failures
    Design failure shown by poor capability curve
    Pump Metric (TDH values) suspect since excessive engine speeds are needed
    Design flexibility -not! shows lack of capacity adjustment
    Balancing and assembly state shown by BAD vibration
    Hydraulics assembly - connection breaks
    Installation - not neat, nor clean
    Cooperation poor - with little light - what are you hiding?
    Startup procedure resulting in solenoid overload
    Operations troubleshooting - wrong placement of sensors
    Leakage - catastrophic 10 gpm is FIVE times the normal amount
    Illicit substance grease used - voiding manufacturer's warrantee
    Basics not met - photo #6, tape on control panel indicating that grounding strap is missing
    Impeller Failures - impeller blades should not cut hoses

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 14, 2007 6:18 PM  

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