Automation of Booster Pump Stations

by Roger W. Beieler, CH2M Hill, Yakima, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Development and Management Aspects of Irrigation and Drainage Systems


Several techniques have been used to automate booster pump stations for irrigation conveyance systems. These pump stations typically must supply pressurized water for a wide range of flow rates, from full flow if all the growers are irrigating, to as low as one percent of full flow if only a few growers are irrigating. Automation and flow-matching by means of: (1) graduation of pumping unit capacity, (2) tanks and level switches, (3) pressure switches, (4) variable discharge pumping units, and (5) recirculating systems are discussed and compared.

Subject Headings: Pumping stations | Pressurized flow | Water flow | Automation | Flow rates | Water discharge | Control systems | Irrigation systems

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