Generally, water reporting regulations are dictated by the local water management district. “As I talk to growers, many of them who are not currently required to report think that reporting is coming in the near future,” says Aaron Caughey, Senior Product Manager for Valley® Irrigation.
For a few examples, Nebraska has 23 Natural Resource Districts. 20 of them require water usage reports. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources requires “collection and submission of specific information” for all wells that withdraw 500 gallons or more per minute from groundwater sources.
Currently, portions of 42 Kansas counties, especially in the western part of the state, are designated as Intensive Groundwater Use Control Areas. In these areas, the Chief Engineer can implement strict controls where groundwater is “declining excessively.”
The Solution to Increased Requirements
Part of this movement toward monitoring and restricting water use is because the ag sector is the primary consumer of ground and surface water in the United States. Agricultural applications account for around 80% of water use and more than 90% in some western states. Penalties for not accurately reporting water usage vary by state and water management district, but can include shutting down the well.
“Efficient use of water is a continuing goal, and tracking it is becoming even more important,” says Caughey. “But many growers aren’t currently using the best tool to help them do so – Valley flowmeters.”
According to USDA Census information from 2013, there are 605,610 irrigation pumps in the United States that supply water for more than 55 million acres of irrigated land. But only 132,700 of those pumps – 22% – have flow meters.
Maximum Durability, Minimum Maintenance
Without the right equipment, keeping track of water usage can be a time consuming and costly headache.
Valley offers mag meter flowmeters that seamlessly integrate with Valley remote management solutions to help growers get the information needed for the required reports.
Valley flowmeters are great if you:
· Need accurate, AUTOMATED reporting of irrigation and well usage.
· Chemigate through your pivot – When you need to maintain a certain application rate, flowmeters can help you adjust your flow.
· Want to automate your entire farm.
· Operate a dairy– Because it has no moving parts, the Valley 3000 has no obstructions so you can pump wastewater through your machine.
Valley Flowmeter Benefits
· Simple setup
· Minimal straight pipe requirement
· Superior resistance to wear from debris in water
· Tamper-evident seal
· Telemetry ready for wireless meter reading
· Pulse or 4-29 mA output
Flowmeters from Valley can help growers be more efficient and monitor their application precisely, saving water, energy, money and effort as restrictions get tighter. Contact your local Valley dealer today for more information.