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 CWEEE  Vol.10 No.2 , April 2021
Field Performance Evaluation of a Small-Scale Drip Irrigation System Installed in the Upper West Region of Ghana
Abstract: This study was conducted to evaluate the water application uniformity for a drip irrigation system, considering the water quality and the duration of usage. The uniformity parameters, Emission Uniformity (EU %) and Uniformity Coefficient (UC %) were determined for the drip irrigation system installed over a year of performance. The procedures are based on taking measurements of emitter discharge along selected driplines on a sub-main. The catch can be identified as L1A, L1B, L1C, L1D, same for L2A to L2D, L3A to L3D and L4A to L4D. This gave a total of sixteen (16) measurement positions as there were 4 driplines. Results indicated that the uniformity of water application was 90% indicating that the emitter was still good after a year of installation. The average discharge rate was 0.57 l/h. The uniformity coefficient (UC %) for the gravity-fed drip irrigation system was 78%, indicating good water application and was quite significant for the evaluation of the uniform distribution of water for the design. The expansion of this irrigation method in rural communities could contribute to relevant water savings in most areas of the Upper West Region of Ghana.
Cite this paper: Darimani, H. , Kpoda, N. , Suleman, S. and Luut, A. (2021) Field Performance Evaluation of a Small-Scale Drip Irrigation System Installed in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Computational Water, Energy, and Environmental Engineering, 10, 82-94. doi: 10.4236/cweee.2021.102006.
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