Electricity Applied to Irrigation.

Issue 26 and Volume 1893 14.

Electricity Applied to Irrigation. Some useful pointers are found in the record of a series of experiments in the way of irrigation by sewage, at Oxford, England. The work has been confined to a hop garden of about eighty acres, and an adjoining meadow through which a sewer runs. Electricity is generated at some distant works by a large water-wheel geared to a machine capable of working up to 1230 volts and fifteen amperes. The current from this actuates a three-inch centrifugal pump, which has its suction pipe placed in the sewage. From the pump the liquid is conveyed in pipes and delivered into a trench, from which tributary trenches conduct it down such alley and divert it to each hill. In this way an area of two acres were covered per day with the assistance of two laborers only and at a cost of $5’ Before the work was…

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