Modernisation of an existing irrigation area

Dann, Jeffrey Michael (2009) Modernisation of an existing irrigation area. [USQ Project] (Unpublished)

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Generally this project is to examine the operational data of SunWater’s Burdekin Haughton Water Supply Scheme in relation to identifying areas for future modernisation enhancements. This particular scheme comprises of 15 pump stations delivering approximately 300,000 ML/yr of water through 320km of channels and 67 km of pipelines, some of which are now nearly 60 years old. As water is becoming a valuable resource. Available supplies are under more pressure due to drought and demand. Increasing supply options are limited so the efficiency of existing systems is being targeted as a way of maximizing available supply. In Victoria, considerable resources are being put into identifying the delivery losses associated with existing irrigation systems with the view to improve system efficiencies. Many of these savings are able to be captured as part of the future refurbishment of an irrigation system. By developing a ‘Water Balance’ model of the system, we can identify the amounts of water going in and out of the irrigation area and this will allow us to deduce efficiency in the system. By doing this we will also calculate our delivery loss, this figure has to be accounted for and can be the result of a number of different mechanisms. By developing a ‘Water Balance’ model of the system, we can identify the amounts of water going in and out of the irrigation area and this will allow us to deduce efficiency in the system. By doing this we will also calculate our delivery loss, this figure has to be accounted for and can be the result of a number of different mechanisms. The results of the ‘Water Balance’ model will show us the areas where these losses are and where we should be concentrating our efforts to minimize them. At these locations we can then use available modern technology such as accurate flow meters to monitor our distribution, and therefore improves our accuracy of data. With the locations that have been highlighted as areas of interest from the Water Balance model, we can use this information to focus our annual maintenance and renewal program on these locations. This gives the Scheme’s renewals projects added value as it also enhances the efficiencies of our overall system


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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2010 04:25
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2010 04:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: Burdekin Haughton Water Supply Scheme; SunWater; water balance model
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 079901 Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.)
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090509 Water Resources Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8504

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