Thanks for your questions, I’ve answered each individually below:
1) The pumps are generally located on homelands and therefore maintenance is usually the responsibility of the landowner who typically won’t have technical expertise.
2) Which materials are you thinking about transporting to the riverbank? In general, yes you will be able to transport to the riverbank, however you need to keep in mind the logistical conditions of Cape York, with riverbanks likely only accessible by 4WDs.
3) There is no specific intake length specified, however it will depend on the location of the pumps. Your design should be modular and flexible to enable it’s deployment in different locations.
4) The piping is currently not protected at all. There have been flooding events in the past in which the pumps have washed away which is why this need has been identified as a design project.
If you haven’t already had a look, in the ‘Resources’ section there’s a 360 walk through interactive resource ‘Interactive: Explore CfAT project examples’ which explores a riverbank pump system – this may help with visualising the context you are designing for.
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