Case Studies

01

Center Pivot Pond In Southwest Montana

The purpose of this system is to monitor water levels in a ditch and pond system that feeds a center pivot. It’s a 35 minute drive from the main house to the head gate or the pivot pond. Changes at the head gate take about 10 hours to show up at the pivot pond. When the head gate plugs, the pond level drops, and the pivot errors out from low pressure. It can take most of a day to get the system cleared and fill the pond to a working level.

We installed two water level monitors in this system. One is in the pond that has the pivot pickup and the other is on a pond midway in the system. These two monitors are networked and provide measurements every 15 minutes. Both water levels are displayed on the same chart. This data gives an indication of level throughout the system and is used to identify and fix flow problems before they result in low water issues.

We have a third monitoring location on this ditch that we use as our flow measurement testing location.

02

Stock Tank Southwest Montana

The issue at hand for this deployment was how do you manage the water in your main stock tank when it's far away and difficult to access. This large water tank fed the entirety of the user's stock tank system and was a perfect application for our system. The system mount is non-invasive and attaches directly to a tank lid. This unit measured the water depth in the tank, which for this tank could be more than 10 feet. When the unit was first installed, the data showed an unexpected drop in water level every night.

The rancher was able to use the graphed data, which shows the water level every 20 minutes, to determine there was unexpected water loss in the system. The water system was repaired resulting in thousands of gallons of water saved. The water level graph was instrumental in determining that the system had a leak.

The system can be moved just by changing the tank lid.

03

Irrigation Pond Southwest Montana

This deployment was at the main pond of an irrigation system. The first day the system was installed, the rancher used the graphed data to identify an unusual water loss. The problem was traced to a failing ditch wall.

This early discovery allowed for the implimentation of a temporary fix, which worked for the rest of the irrigation season.