Performance-based maintenance for irrigation systems

B. P. Thoreson, D. C. Slack, R. P. Satyal, R. S.S. Neupane

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A framework for determining the effect of maintenance events on irrigation system flows is described. Standard definitions for corrective and preventive maintenance are presented and two maintenance objectives and six classifications are established. Maintenance activities and decision criteria common to many irrigation systems are suggested. A format for describing these and other maintenance activities is proposed. A methodology for setting decision levels for maintenance activities is presented. Maintenance cost is compared with income lost as a result of less than maximum production because water supplied was insufficient for crop requirements. This comparison demonstrates that maintenance decision levels should be set so that maximum evapotranspiration can be achieved. Budget request forms and report forms are presented with examples of actual maintenance events showing the expected and actual impact on system flows.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-105
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)


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