BY TERRYN DRIELING
Picking the right pump to get that irrigation up to speed
DENTON RUMSEY / SHUTTERSTOCK
THE HARD AND FAST RULES
Irrigation systems only work correctly
and efficiently when all the parts
(i.e. motors, drive systems, pumps,
and water distribution) are properly
matched. A change anywhere in the
system may require more changes
than just the one.
Whether you’re installing brand
new or simply choosing a replacement,
before you pick your pump it’s
absolutely imperative to know your system,
the operating pressure, and the
flow rate. Not knowing these things
could cost you not only losses in efficiency,
but also dollars when your pump
doesn’t hold up and breaks down.
PICK A PUMP
According to IrrigationTutorials.com,
there are a few things you should do
before you purchase a new pump for
a new system.
Do your homework on local water
supply limitations and laws.
Knowing the capacity of your well
or surface water source can help keep
you from running your water source
and your pump dry. Irrigation pumps
aren’t meant to run without water flowing
through them and can be severely
damaged when allowed to run dry.
Being aware of restrictions and having
the proper permits can save your
pocketbook from running dry on any
incurred legal expense and the price of
a pump you can’t use.
Moral of the story - check with the
department of environment and natural
resources in your area or state to
learn about any natural or legal limiting
factors on your water supply.
f you’re considering installing a new irrigation system or replacing
the pump on your existing system and think any old pump will
do - think again. When it comes to irrigation, you can’t use watered
down information when picking your pump. WR rounded up
some solid information to help you get pretty particular, so you
can choose the right pump for your system and situation.
22 I WORKING RANCH I NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2020