Maintenance of Automated Pumping Plant Controls

by Stephen H. Ottemoeller, Westlands Water District, Fresno, CA, USA,
Kenneth A. McCoy, Westlands Water District, Fresno, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Westlands Water District, located in the Central San Joaquin Valley in California (Fig. 1) includes over 600,000 acres of agricultural land and is part of the San Luis Unit of the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation Central Valley Project. The topography of the District is generally flat with slopes increasing to the west up to the base of the Kettleman Hills which border the District to the west. The purpose of this paper is to describe the maintenance of automated pumping plant controls which serve about one-third of the District upslope from the San Luis Canal to the western edge of the District. Normal maintenance of controllers, transmitters, receivers, and telemetry cables is described as well as typical problems and repairs of associated hardware.

Subject Headings: Pumping stations | Cables | Maintenance | Automation | Water reclamation | Land reclamation | Control systems | Irrigation water | California | United States

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