While a productive pump which has a long life can be an integral part of an irrigator’s set up, one that is incorrectly installed can impact efficiency or worse, become a liability.
A planned installation by a qualified designer can have real economic benefits both short and long term.
It makes sense that to get the most efficiency out of a pump, the installation should be designed specifically for the site.
This can see the pump deliver the best performance at minimal cost.
Part of the installation design should always take into account correct environmental practices, soil retention works, and correct health and safety practices are incorporated.
According to the NSW Department of Primary Industries, there are many benefits to good planning and design of a pump installation.
- minimises the long-term costs of the installation;
- ensures that the pump operates efficiently;
- ensures that the right type of pump is installed to achieve required flow rates and pressures ensures that the life of the pump is maximised;
- ensures access for repairs and maintenance;
- minimises hydraulic (friction) losses;
- minimises energy costs;
- ensures easy pump operation;
- ensures that the foundations and structural requirements are met;
- ensures that any associated pipes, channels, gates, valves and culverts are both correctly sized and located.
It is the growers responsibility to make sure the pump installation is completed correctly.
- Visit; www.dpi.nsw.gov.au.