Irrigation: Measuring and monitoring

AgGuide Water Series

Book 2
NSW Agriculture
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Efficient irrigation systems measure and monitor water use. This book helps you makes sure water losses are kept to a minimum, while keeping the crop or pasture growing with no moisture stress. Efficient water storage, water budgeting and water use efficiency are explained in detail.

Part One: Meters is about:

·    different types of meters and their advantages and disadvantages

·    what to consider when selecting a meter

·    installation and maintenance for meters.

Part Two: Storage and Distribution is an overview of:

·    the importance of reducing losses from seepage and evaporation

·    measuring losses

·    strategies for reducing losses

·    economic value of  the cost of loss reduction.

Part Three: Benchmarking and Water Budgeting shows you how to:

·     use, interpret and process benchmarking data for the collection of seasonal water use efficiency (WUE)

·     develop a seasonal water budget.

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About the author

Jennifer Laffan, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Tocal College, Paterson

Peter Smith, Irrigation Officer, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Tamworth.
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NSW Agriculture
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Oct 1, 2015
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This book has two parts. Part 1 will help you choose the irrigation system that is right for you, and Part 2 will help you select, operate and maintain your pumping equipment.

Part 1

If you are installing or upgrading an irrigation system you will probably be seeking to increase production, decrease the amount of water used or reduce labour required.  Part one of this book is about selecting the irrigation system that is best for your enterprise.

It is an overview of:

· the most widely used irrigation methods in NSW
· the capabilities and limitations of the most widely used irrigation methods in NSW
· the major issues to consider when selecting an irrigation system
· the basic financial analysis you can use to determine the viability of a system you are considering.

Part 2

You can save money by increasing productivity and efficiency of your irrigation system if you can improve the performance of the pump.

This section about the features of common irrigation pumps helps you to select, operate and maintain your pumping equipment. It contains information on pump types, duty, curves and selection. It contains an explanation of:

· the common types of pumps for irrigation systems
· pumping head components: static head; suction head; velocity head; friction loss
· manufacturers’ pump curves
· maintenance and troubleshooting procedures for pumps.

This publication was produced by Education Delivery, Tocal College.

It supports the following competencies from National Training Package AHC10 Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management: AHCIRG306A - Troubleshoot irrigation systems, AHCIRG402A – Determine hydraulic parameters for an irrigation system, AHCIRG410A - Select and manage pumping systems for irrigation 

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