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For technical information related to irrigation, wineries and dairies, visit the BPA Agricultural Resources page.
Scientific Irrigation Scheduling (Also known as Irrigation Water Management)
BPA offers utilities one option for irrigation management: Scientific Irrigation Scheduling (SIS). Under the SIS, participation applies to agricultural systems for which there is a pumping capacity beyond what is needed to meet normal crop irrigation needs.
BPA is also collaborating in the development of an Irrigation Management Online planning tool (IMO). This web-based tool will provide a utility, irrigation district, extension agent or farmer/irrigator the ability to plan and apply the optimal amount of water on particular crop to maximize yield and quality while reducing the amount of water and energy used.
Variable Frequency Drives
Irrigation Pump Testing and System Analysis
The irrigation pump must be electrically powered, 20 hp or greater and must not have been tested through BPA-sponsored pump testing services within the past five years. The irrigation pump must have been in operation for the two previous years.
The irrigation pump test must be performed by an individual possessing pump testing knowledge and experience.
Customers and qualified vendors must use the BPA Screening Tool in EE Central to limit the amount of dry holes (i.e., pump tests that do not result in a BPA-approved custom project).
1. The test is the process to measure various aspects of the pumpâ€™s operation including pumping lift, discharge pressure, power input, and water flow. The results of the pump test estimate the overall efficiency of the pumping plant under the test conditions.
2.Pump tests performed by BPA engineers do not qualify for reimbursement.
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