Following the rural water cycle, it is now time to discuss the benefits of dealing with and taking advantage of collected hydraulic data and how these enable water managers to take rural water and irrigation one step further.

Over the last few years, water districts worldwide have invested millions of dollars in upgrading their irrigation schemes by turning the rural water sector from hand-operated to partially or fully automated systems. There is no question that these changes have largely helped optimizing the use of water while increasing yields and profitability.

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Automated systems are currently storing countless types of data which range from water level readings to customer orders for supply, and from reservoir storage volumes to groundwater monitoring measurements. However, the knowledge about the potential uses and capabilities of the recorded data is still surprisingly scarce considering the large amount of funds invested to obtain the data. Below we present 5 applications that the reader might consider bringing in to business:

1. Extend Water Level Coverage

As we already published in this blog, water level coverage can be extended by applying advanced statistical methods based on real-time estimation techniques using the water level measurements recorded by SCADA. Increasing water level knowledge throughout the scheme can improve, among other benefits, the water delivery service to end users.

2. Improve Water Balances

Water flow data can be used to assess and improve the overall water balance around the scheme by estimating losses from infiltration, improving storage capabilities, and enhancing delivery opportunities.

3. Reduce Water Flows

Merging historical SCADA data with water orders can also contribute to implement water usage efficiency policies by analysing and optimizing the total distribution of water and related costs. This translates into savings in terms of bulk water needed and creates new opportunities for storage capabilities.

4. Savings in Energy

Following the previous point, moving unnecessary water through the scheme equals inefficient energy use, which can be reflected in the cost associated to run your business. If the whole water distribution system is operated efficiently, a better estimation of water pricing can be done.

5. Enhance Asset Management

Analysing the collected data also gives the opportunity to develop Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to identify the bottlenecks in the delivery system which are restricting the capacity of the scheme, in order to prioritise the investments or upgrades that need to be done.

 

Adasa provides assistance and guidance in the transition from storing data to performing state of the art analyses in order to enhance efficiency of the water irrigation processes.