Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Pump failure

The Greywall Irrigation pumpstaion crashed over the weekend. I was able to get the jockey pump up and going, but that only allows us to turn on two heads at a time or hand water plus it overloads and shuts down after 30 or so minutes of continuous running.
Our Reinders pumpstaion repair man came yesterday and we were able to get one of the 50hp larger pumps working again. The other pump will be down for some time because we had to remove the pump drive or VFD; as it blew up and sprayed oil all over. The VFD is on its way down to Milwaukee to be assessed and hopfully repaired.
What does this mean?.....Running one pump instead of two drops our max. pumping rate to 400 gpm so it will take us twice as long to irrigate the golf course. Our previous watering window of 6 to 7 hours is now 12 to 14 hours. We will have to do some irrigating during the day if needed.
I am glad mother nature helped us out last night and this morning, covering the MGC property with a nice blanket of moisture.

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