Design and Management of Drip Systems in Hawaii

by Win Bui, Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Assoc, Aiea, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation and Drainage


In 1970, Hawaii's sugar industry began implementing drip irrigation to minimize labor requirements, improve water and nutrient application efficiencies, and maximize yields. Today, 35,000 ha of sugarcane land are drip-irrigated. Drip irrigation systems were designed with standardized, reliable hardware for ease of installation and to provide years of trouble-free service. Wherever possible, water is gravity-fed to the irrigation systems to eliminate pumping and associated costs. Protective equipment is installed to prevent water hammers. Computers are used to aid in the design and management of drip irrigation systems.

Subject Headings: Systems management | Hydraulic design | Irrigation water | Irrigation systems | Industries | Labor | Water conservation | Nutrients | Hawaii | United States

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