Reservoirs Help On-Farm Operation and Automation

by John L. Merriam, California Polytechnic State Univ, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation Systems for the 21st Century

Abstract: Reservoirs can be used to convert a less desirable set of flow rates and durations into a more desirable and flexible set of rates and durations. This will permit irrigation management to take advantage of modern agricultural management information, techniques, and equipment. Modern automated equipment can be more effectively used when an optimum size stream rather than a fixed rigid one as from a well restrains management. Partially automated systems and runoff return flow systems can be effective in labor and water conservation. Automated delivery systems using closed or semi-closed pipelines, or level-top ditch systems controlled by automated float gates maintaining a constant water level regardless of flow rates, permit the variable flow conditions obtainable from a reservoir to be remotely controlled at the point of application in the field.

Subject Headings: Automation | Water flow | Reservoirs | Flow control | Water supply systems | Flow rates | Permits | Information management

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