Resilient metering for pumped irrigation

WaterStart member is seeking an innovative metering solution able to maintain accuracy under dynamic irrigation conditions, such as variable surface water levels, siphoning caused by elevation changes, tidal influences. The solution should also be equipped with communications and data management able to compensate for intermittent cellular service in remote areas.  Essentially, the member is looking for a metering system that can meter water in a pipe that may or may not be full.  The flow will have variable velocities and have varying pressures.

Earthen levee condition monitoring

WaterStart member is seeking a technology to enable regular, reliable, low-cost monitoring of earthen levees. Examples of condition factors of interest include subsidence, seepage, and lateral displacement.

Rapid testing and analysis of soil

WaterStart member is seeking technology able to reduce the time and cost of soil analysis. Soil biology and chemical properties of interest include salinity, pH and acidity, carbon, and humic acid. The ideal solution would be mobile, durable and easily operated by field personnel.

Centralized software system to optimize gravity irrigation across agricultural operations capable of tracking water delivery efficiencies and water use reporting

A WaterStart member is looking for a centralized, digital operational system able to optimize the planning, control and reporting of gravity fed irrigation water delivery and crop production. The system will need to offer analytics enabling better decision making to improve water efficiency, operation safety and reliability. The ideal system will be infrastructure agnostic and compatible with pressurized control systems as well.

Automated high volume river diversion gate systems (field equipment/hardware) to supply gravity irrigation

A WaterStart member has over 2,000 acres being flood irrigated from diversions from a major river system in northern Nevada. The main delivery canal delivers water across the 2,000-plus acres through 35-miles of irrigation ditches. Viable solutions will provide an automated or remote control of diversion water, track flow rates, improve operational safety, integrate with a centralized gravity drive to irrigation software system