ITT Corp., a leading provider of pumps and systems for transporting and treating water, has been awarded a contract to supply a number of high-end water pumps for two irrigation systems to the Andhra Pradesh irrigation project, the largest in India. Combined, these two systems will irrigate more than 250,000 acres of farmland. In addition to the pumps, the contract also calls for ITT to complete sump and pump modeling and supervision of installation, with delivery slated for late 2010. The award is valued at $22 million U.S. dollars.

“This is a moment of pride for all of us at ITT India, as this significant order demonstrates the need for ITT’s irrigation products and technology in our country,” says Sam Yamdagni, managing director of ITT India. “Andhra Pradesh is known as the ‘Rice Bowl of India,’ and these projects enable us to make a vital contribution by bringing water where it is needed and growing Indian agricultural production.”

The contract involves two irrigation projects for the Andhra Pradesh Irrigation & Command Area Development Department, which manages the largest irrigation project in India, and is recognized as one of the largest in the world. At the Pranahita Chevella lift irrigation system, ITT pumps will lift 79 cubic meters of water per second from Thipparam Reservoir to the Chevella Reservoir. At the Chintalpudi system, the pumps will lift 56 cubic meters of water per second from the Godavari River to the Jaleru Reservoir in three stages.