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Water plans with a few simple tools

Supplier: Campbell Scientific Australia By: Steve Bailey
10 May, 2010

In many parts of the country, control of access to water for irrigation has become much tighter, and the associated cost of this water has increased significantly.

Efficient use of water is becoming more and more important to maintain both environmental and fiscal sustainability.

Implementing a more efficient approach to water does not need to be complicated or expensive. All that's required are simple, reliable tools which help you make an informed opinion on how to manage water resources.

Campbell Scientific provides those tools. We offer measurement systems used worldwide in both the agriculture and research sectors. Automated weather stations can give an indication of short or long term weather trends as well as calculated water loss to the atmosphere (evapotranspiration). These stations can also be configured to measure soil moisture directly and monitor crop condition.

Add a radio module to each station and measurement data can be transmitted back to a central office without the need to visit the stations. One computer can then display up to date information on current water content and usage. Add a cell phone module to allow SMS alerts to be sent when water levels are low or when there is a risk of frost. Voice modems can also be attached to stations to provide a verbal summary of current conditions at the site to anyone with access to a phone line.

For smaller operations Campbell Scientific provides the Hydrosense portable soil moisture meter, a great tool for on the spot moisture measurements where a full weather station is not practical. The meter is easy to use, affordable and can run for 2 years on two AAA batteries.

Contact Campbell Scientific Australia today to find out how you can fill in the missing information in your water plan with a few simple tools.