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Pumping Plant 533

What it is

A system that delivers water at a specified flow and rate. Pumping plants include all of the pumps, energy supply, plumbing and protective structures.

Pumping plants can be solar-powered, submerged in water, or mounted on the surface of the ground. They can be powered by line electricity, photovoltaic (PV) panels, or wind or water turbines.

This practice can be used when a pumping plant is the best conservation choice for irrigation or watering livestock. Additionally, pumping plants may be used to maintain water levels in soils, wetlands or resevoirs. In some cases, pumping plants are used to remove surface runoff or groundwater.

How it helps

Improves or maintains:

  • delivery of water for irrigation
  • delivery of water for livestock
  • efficient use of water 
  • improvment of air quality 
  • reduction of energy use
  • levels of excessive surface or subsurface water
  • containment of animal waste when used as part of a manure transfer system

Learn more

Find NRCS Massachusetts technical information in the Field Office Technical Guide: eFOTG.

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