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Irrigation

Creating Water Pressure for Off-Grid Irrigation

Two of the major factors in designing an irrigation system are pressure (psi) and flow rate (Gallons Per Minute, GPM). When you open the hose bibb to water your lawn, the water is already pressurized and comes out at between 5 and 10 GPM. In towns and cities this is part of the municipal infrastructure, but off-grid we must pressurize our own water systems using elevation or a pump - submersible or surface (traditionally coupled with a pressure/bladder tank in a well-house or basement). 

Common Irrigation Pressures
The relationship between pressure in pounds per square inch (psi) and head (in feet) is especially relevant when sizing pumps for irrigation. Each psi is equivalent to 2.31 feet of head. In other words, if you had a water column that was 231 feet tall, you would have 100psi if you opened a valve at the bottom. Common Household pressure is between 35 and 60 psi. As different types of irrigation require lower pressures, Regulators are used to lower this pressure for calibrated water output. The Total Head for a pump is calculated by adding the height the pump needs to push water and the head needed to create pressure. At right are examples for common irrigation types. Diagrams here.

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Ensuring Proper Water Volume
In addition to the pressure of the water, each different type of irrigation requires certain volumes as well. A large lawn sprinkler needs more water then drip irrigation with a single emitter. When the required flow exceeds the volume supplied, the common practice is to break an irrigation system into multiple Zones so there will still be enough GPM volume for each.




More and more farmers & growers are harnessing the sun to power their irrigation systems than ever before! In 2019 the Engineering team at RPS released two new solar pump systems perfect for irrigation. You now have the ability to 'off-grid' any existing AC well or Jet pump with the RPS WaterSecure™ system or replace your Booster or Shallow Well Jet pump with the adjustable Tankless Pressure™ system.

Gallons Per Day (GPD) for Non-Well Pumps

Pro W1000 Pro W3000 Pro S1000 Pro S3000 Tankless Pressure Pump WaterSecure™ 
Direct Drive Solar or Generator Direct Drive Solar or Generator Solar Charged Battery Bank
Solar Charged Battery Bank, Grid Backup
45ft Head or
Approx 20psi
36,000
at 25' Head
108,000
at 25' Head
18,720 37,800 1,600 - 4,000 1,300 - 2,600
100ft Head or
Approx 45psi
- - 9,720 25,920 2,800 - 8,000 2,700 - 5,400
* Gallons Per Day calculated using average of 6 hours/day solar. For Direct Drive Solar systems divide GPD by 360 to get GPM.

 

Gallons Per Day (GPD) for Solar Well Pumps

RPS 200 RPS800V Pro 500V Pro 1000V Pro Lakemaker XL 3hp Pro Lakemaker XL 5hp
3" Helical, Solar or Battery Backup 3" Centrifugal, Direct Drive Solar or Generator Direct Drive Solar or Generator Direct Drive Solar or Generator
45ft Head or
Approx
20psi
1,500 5,100 7,500 11,800 30,000 63,000
100ft Head or
Approx
45psi
1,100 4,600 5,400 9,700 20,000 20,880
150ft Head
-
65psi
- 45psi @ 50' Lift
- 20psi @ 100' Lift
- 3,000 1,400 7,500 Custom Custom
More than 150ft - - - Custom Custom Custom
* Gallons Per Day calculated using average of 6 hours/day solar. For Direct Drive Solar systems divide GPD by 360 to get GPM.

  

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