Automation for Small Irrigation Projects

by Theodore E. Mann, (F.ASCE), Proj. Mgr.; Bureau of Reclamation, Bismarck, ND,

Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1971, Vol. 97, Issue 3, Pg. 501-513

Document Type: Journal Paper


A remote control and data telemetering system has been installed on a 21,800-acre irrigation project in southwestern Montana. After 3 yr of operation of the initial installation very little maintenance has been required for the audio-frequency-tone-control type radio equipment. This system allows for opening and closing outlet gates and receiving gate position and water level readings by remote operation from headquarters. Elimination of requirement for dam tender and residence with resultant savings made installation of equipment economically feasible. Quick appraisal of water levels and flow provides smoother operation of irrigation releases, conserves water, and requires less travel and overtime for the water master. Performance of the system will be used in later designs of automation equipment and for operation of this equipment on large irrigation projects.

Subject Headings: Equipment and machinery | Water conservation | Automation | Irrigation | Irrigation systems | Gates (hydraulic) | Water level | Traffic engineering | Montana | United States

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