A gravity irrigation system includes a distribution piping having apertures to distribute water to a field, and a valve located upstream of the distribution piping. The valve limits a pressure of the water being delivered to the distribution piping. The system also includes a sump to receive the water at a lowest elevation of the field, a depth sensor disposed within the sump, and a return pump disposed at least partially within the sump to move the water to an elevated portion of the field. The system also includes a motor to drive the return pump, and a power source coupled to a variable frequency drive that powers the motor and controls a motor speed proportionately to an indication of the depth sensor. The system also includes a transfer piping to bring the water from the return pump to a check valve and to the distribution piping.
US 20190307083 A1
Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas (Little Rock, AR)
Henry, C. G., Koehler, B., & Nichols, J. (2021). Irrigation system. Patents Granted. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/pat/427