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Advanced Pumping Efficiency Program

Educational Program Overview

1. Install an Efficient Pump
This part of the educational message explains the basics of pump operation and what you need to know in order to install an efficient pumping plant. Key concepts are:

  • an introduction to the pump performance curve
  • pumping plant efficiency concepts
  • the pump operating condition (combination of water flow and pressure produced by the pump)
  • different types of pumps
  • identifying the normal operating condition
  • variable frequency drives are demonstrated and discussed


2. Pump Testing & Maintenance
Maintenance is essential for both efficiency and reliability. Normal maintenance items are identified.

An important aspect of maintenance is the pump efficiency test. In this part of the education message, the measurements and calculations reported are explained. Most importantly you are shown how the results of the test can help you to judge when best to retrofit/repair a pump.


3. Irrigation Scheduling 
The emphasis is on irrigation systems. The Program looks at both individual and seasonal irrigation scheduling.

Each irrigation should have a purpose- put a specific amount of water in a specific volume of soil, as uniformly as possible. Here you will be introduced to simple techniques for planning an irrigation and then judging how efficient the irrigation was. In addition, tracking water applied using soil moisture sensors will be highlighted.


4. Flow Meters
You need to measure water to manage water. The different types of flow meters will be identified and discussed. Just as important as the meter itself is the installation. There are certain requirements that must be met in order to provide accurate measurements.