Pump Plant Control and Automation

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

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Planning, Operation, Rehabilitation and Automation of Irrigation Water Delivery Systems


Pumping plants for irrigation systems can be separated into two general types: source pumps which provide water to the system and booster pumps which increase the system pressure. Typically, irrigation pumping plants consist of two or more units. The number of units operating at one time will vary in order to match the system demand. Manual operation of a pumping plant is practical in some instances, particularly if the demand is fairly constant or if an operator can conveniently check the plant several times a day. In other instances, automation of the plant is preferred in order to allow unattended operation, reduce operating costs, and improve system efficiency. This paper discusses types of automation, means of matching delivery to demand, and design considerations.

Subject Headings: Pumping stations | Automation | Pumps | Irrigation systems | Water pressure | Irrigation | Building design | Hydraulic design

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