Under current situations, water management and conservation has become the main focus, not only of water districts, but of producers as well. Due to this focus, rules and regulations are being developed to monitor and control irrigation. Several companies have developed technologies to assist producers, water districts, and institutes in monitoring their irrigation techniques in order to conserve water resources.
Senninger provides more effective and efficient means of water application. Over the years, Senninger has developed relevant innovations designed to meet the specific needs of the irrigation industry.
Senninger understands the goal for any irrigation system is to deliver water to the growing medium as uniformly, effectively and efficiently as possible. More and more growers are concerned about saving water and energy. Most of these products provide optimum performance at low pressure. This reduces the amount of energy required to convey the water to the crop. Selecting products that distribute the right amount of water in a manner suited to the specific soil and plant needs, saves water.
Pressure Regulators should always be installed in the proper direction and downstream from all shut-off valves.
Flo-Wise Meter systems provide water management reliability and accuracy. The meters offer on-site data monitoring and signal output to support a remote transmission system. This digital technology has a high level of precision and durability, is easy and economical to install and maintain, and has a 2-year warranty on materials, workmanship, and performance.
Net Irrigate is a manufacturer of Wireless Agricultural Irrigation Monitoring (WAIM) technology, in which products are designed to work within all agricultural irrigation systems (pivot, drip, and furrow). Net Irrigate’s mission is “to facilitate, via hardware and software technology, the conservation of economic inputs associated with agricultural irrigation.”
Water management and conservation practices begin with obtaining accurate water usage data. Producers and regulators obtain valuable information to improve irrigation methods through flow meters. Manually checking each meter can be expensive, time consuming, and sometimes not feasible. Manually checking meters also slows down the rate of data collection which increases the amount of time it takes for the irrigator to make proper adjustments.
High Plains Underground Water Conservation District
The High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 (HPWD) has established water restrictions for producers, in a service area of 7.5 million acres, to ensure their water resource for years to come. Consisting of Bailey, Cochran, Hale, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Parmer and Swisher Counties, as well as portions of Armstrong, Castro, Crosby, Deaf Smith, Floyd, Hockley, Potter, and Randall Counties, the HPWD’s restrictions will enforce meter usage on irrigation units, which in-turn will monitor the pumped acre-inches of water.
Information regarding water restrictions was published in the September 2011 issue of The Cross Section.
South Plains Underground Water Conservation District
The South Plains Underground Water Conservation District was created by HB 281 (72nd Legislature) during 1991. Originally, the jurisdictional extent of the District was the same as Terry County, Texas. However, in 1994 landowners controlling approximately 1200 acres of Hockley County, Texas, individually petitioned the District for annexation. Each petition was approved by unanimous vote of the Board. The District covers approximately 902 square miles of the Southern High Plains of Texas of which there are approximately 450,000 acres in cultivation. Of this farmland, about 150,000 acres are irrigated using groundwater. The District is committed, as permitted by Chapter 36, Texas Water Code, to the conservation, preservation, protection, recharge and prevention of waste of the groundwater resource over which the District has jurisdiction.
North Plains Groundwater Conservation District
The main District office is located in the Texas Panhandle in the city of Dumas located in Moore County. For a large majority of the area the only water supply is from the groundwater resources of the Ogallala aquifer. The Ogallala aquifer contains vast amounts of groundwater, but with little to no recharge and over 8000 active wells within this district alone, it is a finite and dwindling resource. The purpose of the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District is achieved through rules, education programs, District-provided services, and through the cooperation of local, state, and federal agencies. The District issues water well permits, collects groundwater information, performs water quality analyses, provides a number of well system tests and other services. Extensive databases are used to store, retrieve, and analyze the groundwater information for the District in its Groundwater Management Plan. It is the goal of the District to provide the best management of groundwater resources and make every effort to insure that an abundant supply of potable water will be available for many future generations.