Water consumption has become a growing concern worldwide, particularly when it comes to the agricultural, energy and industrial markets. Thus, as the demand for fresh water continues to grow in the U.S., many states have begun introducing legislation aimed at monitoring usage.
How do you stay ahead of the regulations?
To ensure that your facility is compliant, it is essential that you have reliable and accurate measuring devices installed for monitoring consumption and optimizing usage. Remember, a metering device may be the only tool that operators have to see how their irrigation system is performing so it’s imperative to accurately track your flow rates. Lower than normal flow rates, for instance, may be an indicator of a pipeline leak, faulty or damaged pump, partially closed or obstructed valve or clogged drip emitter. High flow rates, on the other hand, can indicate multiple zones operating simultaneously or damaged sprinkler nozzles.
It’s important to have accurate and reliable meters. In systems that span across large areas, the absence of a measuring device increases the likelihood that these problems will go undetected for extended periods of time, which can lead to increased consumption, damaged equipment and, in some cases, financial penalties for non-compliance.
While many facilities have diverted water from surface sources (rivers, lakes, creeks, streams or channels), regulation has become more common than ever become.
How can you remain compliant if you divert water from surface sources?
Click here to read more on compliancy in surface sources.