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Irrigation Energy Efficiency Success Story - Bettering Big Bertha

big bertha line-shaft turbine and irrigation pump

Big Bertha, one of the largest line-shaft turbine and irrigation pumps in central Oregon, is saving watts and water after a recent facelift. Big Bertha can move a lot of water to meet the needs of two Oregon farms. Until recently, if Big Bertha was operating it had to move a lot of water. This meant a big energy load, wasted fertilizer, and the occasional catastrophic blow-out.

Watch a great video about Big Bertha on the Bonneville Power Administration's website. Big Bertha: Pumping Up Energy and Water Savings.