In the past pumping systems were designed taking into account the old realities of abundant and relatively cheap electricity. Production stability and reliability was king. Now power supply is limited, unreliable and increasingly expensive. IPUC 2011 will focus on latest developments around the world designed to address this new environment and how to modify existing systems without incurring a crippling financial burden. Particular emphasis will be placed on the utilities – water and electricity – where the World in general and Africa in particular, face impending crises of supply and infrastructure failure, with vast implications for health and quality of life. We all know that the end result should be pumping systems facilitating lower production costs and higher profits for the operator, together with less pressure on both electricity supply capacity and the environment, but how do we get there? Join us at IPUC 2011 to find out!