Choosing the right irrigation pump

Irrigation pumps can be used to do various jobs in agriculture.

They can be used to draw up water from a well or to recover rainwater stored inside a tank.

Choosing the right pump depends on several factors. The first element to consider is the sizing of the pump.

Calculating the right irrigation pump

The first step in defining the specifications of the ideal pump is the sizing.

When we talk about pump sizing, we are referring to the hydraulic performance it has to deliver so that the tool distributes the predetermined amount of water as needed.

The two fundamental aspects involved in this are its flow rate and head:

  • the flow rate indicates the amount of water the pump can shift in a given period of time;
  • the head indicates the difference in level that the water can overcome thanks to the pump’s action, i.e. the difference in height between the point of intake and the point of delivery.

“Drip” irrigation systems are among the systems where irrigation pumps are used most frequently.

Drip irrigation pumps and agriculture

Drip irrigation is also known as micro-irrigation, i.e. a slow, drip-by-drip irrigation system enabling plants to be watered uniformly while avoiding wastage of water.

Surface pumps and submersible electric pumps are used in this type of system in order to draw water up from wells and tanks.

Pompe Zanni has a wide range of vertical-axis centrifugal pumps, powered by tractors, diesel engines or electric motors, and can draw up water from depths of up to 300 metres.

What do you need for your agricultural jobs? We are confident we have the right solution for you.

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