Select and manage pumping systems for irrigation

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Assessment Template
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Evidence Guide
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Self Assessment Survey
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Moodle Outcomes
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Registered Training Organisations
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1 Identify irrigation system requirements from the irrigation design

1.1 The components for an irrigation pumping system are identified

1.2 The water source and height of pull for water into the system are determined

1.3 The water output for irrigation is determined

1.4 The total friction loss of irrigation components is calculated

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

2.1 The basic type of pump is selected based on the pump task and placement and the power source

2.2 The total operating head required is calculated

2.3 The required discharge for the pump is calculated based on the irrigation output required and friction losses in the system

2.4 The speed and power requirements of the pump motor are determined

2.5 The limiting suction lift of the pump is determined

2.6 Pump performance curves are interpreted in selecting an efficient irrigation pump

2.7 Size of impeller is determined from the pump curve

3 Install pumps

3.1 Pump is sited as close as possible to water source and level

3.2 Suction and delivery pipes are attached correctly

3.3 Pump connections are airtight

3.4 The pump is anchored on a base

3.5 Pump and motor connection are correctly aligned

3.6 Ventilation is provided for the motor

3.7Filters and valves are fitted and valves are correctly oriented

3.8 Pump is connected to the irrigation controller if required

4 Commission and test irrigation pumps

4.1 Procedures are developed and implemented for carrying out pre-start checks

4.2 Pump start up procedures are developed and implemented

4.3 Pumps are pressure tested to check delivery performance

4.4 Power usage and water output is checked against requirements and pump specifications

4.5 Pumping system is checked for leakages and cavitation

4.6 Pump control systems are checked for accurate operation

5 Develop maintenance procedures for the pumping system

5.1 Routine maintenance procedures are developed to rectify the effects of normal wear

5.2 Periodic inspection checklists are developed to assist in maintenance scheduling

5.3 Pump overhaul or repairs are carried out

5.4 A pump maintenance record is kept, including details of the pump and all pumping system components for ordering

6 Carry out troubleshooting on pumping systems

6.1 Lack of discharge and/or pressure are investigated and settings or components changed

6.2 Loss of water suction is investigated and alteration made to placement or leakages fixed

6.3 Cavitation in pumps is investigated and settings or components changed

6.4 Excessive power consumption is investigated and design and pump selection reviewed and checks made for mechanical defects