Select and manage pumping systems for irrigation

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Assessment Template
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Self Assessment Survey
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Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Identify irrigation system requirements from the irrigation design

1.1 Identify the components of an irrigation pumping system

1.2 Determine the water source and height of pull for water into the system

1.3 Determine the water output for irrigation

1.4 Calculate the total friction loss of irrigation components

2. Select pump according to type, installation, range of flow rates, operating head and delivery distance

2.1 Select the basic type of pump based on the pump task and placement and the power source

2.2 Calculate the total operating head required

2.3 Calculate the required discharge for the pump based on the irrigation output required and friction losses in the system

2.4 Determine the speed and power requirements of the pump motor

2.5 Determine the limiting suction lift of the pump

2.6 Interpret pump performance curves when selecting an efficient irrigation pump

2.7 Determine the size of the impeller from the pump curve

3. Supervise installation of pumps

3.1 Ensure pump is sited as close as possible to water source and is level

3.2 Verify pump is properly anchored and connections are airtight

3.3 Confirm pump and motor connection are correctly aligned and motor is ventilated

3.4 Verify filters and valves are correctly fitted and orientated

3.5 Check pump is connected to the irrigation controller if required

4. Oversee commissioning and testing of pumping system

4.1 Develop pre-start and start up procedures

4.2 Check delivery performance and verify power usage and water output against requirements and pump specifications

4.3 Ensure pumping system is checked for leakages and cavitation

4.4 Determine that pumping system is operating effectively

5. Develop maintenance procedures for the pumping system

5.1 Develop routine maintenance procedures to rectify the effects of normal wear

5.2 Develop periodic inspection checklists to assist in maintenance scheduling

5.3 Carry out pump overhaul or repairs

5.4 Keep pump maintenance records, including details of the pump and all pumping system components for ordering

6. Carry out troubleshooting on pumping systems

6.1 Investigate lack of discharge or pressure and change settings or components

6.2 Investigate loss of water suction and make alterations to placement or fix leakages

6.3 Investigate cavitation in pumps and change settings or components

6.4 Investigate excessive power consumption and review design and pump selection and check for mechanical defects