In the agriculture sector today, where water usage reporting is increasingly becoming a requirement for irrigation system operators that divert water in regulated areas from ground and surface sources, accurate metering is critical.
In addition to ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local regulations, installation of a reliable and accurate measuring device is essential for monitoring consumption and optimizing usage. As it is often the single source of data in a distribution network, a metering device is also the only tool operators have to see how their irrigation system is performing. Lower than normal flow rates, for instance, may be an indicator of a pipeline leak, faulty or damaged pump, partially closed or obstructed valve or clogged drip emitter. High flow rates, on the other hand, can indicate multiple zones operating simultaneously or damaged sprinkler nozzles. In systems that span large areas, the absence of a measuring device increases the likelihood that these problems will go undetected for extended periods of time, leading to increased consumption, damaged equipment, and in some cases, financial penalties for non-compliance.