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Center Pivot Design for Effluent Irrigation of Agricultural Forage Crops


 

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ITRC Report No.

P 07-002

 
 

Length

16 pages

 
 

Authors

Franklin Gaudi, Daniel Howes, and Donald Ton

 
 

Presented

Irrigation Association 28th Annual International Irrigation Show.  San Diego, CA.  December 9, 2007.

 

 

 

Summary

 

Balancing the continuous supply of domestic wastewater from effluent treatment plants with fluctuating crop water demands requires unique irrigation design strategies. A key design consideration when utilizing disinfected secondary treated city water is to maximize the re-use of effluent in winter months, when forage crop water demands are low, yet still produce minimal deep percolation. Twenty-seven center pivots in Palmdale, California required new custom-designed sprinkler packages to dispose of approximately 7,000 gallons per minute of treated wastewater. Through innovative design efforts, extensive testing and field experimentation, a standardized package has been adopted by the County Sanitation District of Los Angeles County that enables a highly efficient application of re-use city wastewater without groundwater degradation throughout the year.

 


 

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