Remote Water Level Monitoring Voltaic Systems April 2, 2018 All, Devices, Sustainability Solar Powered Remote Water Level Monitoring Pacific Watershed Associates, based in Northwestern California, is an environmental and engineering firm that specializes in complex watershed issues. One of their services monitors water levels in local streams and water flows to agricultural users. California State Water Resources Control Board has laws and regulations (ISFP) that require real time monitoring of water diversions in order to protect wildlife in the nearby streams. Agricultural customers must report diversions and maintain compliance within water rights. Telemetry Solution The system uses a Maxbotix ultrasonic sensor to measure stream height or stage. Once an hour the stream height, or stage, is sent over cellular on AT&T’s M2X platform via a Multitech cellular modem. Flow rates are measured either by counting pulses on a flow meter or by measuring pressure in a pipe. The system is powered by our 9 Watt solar panel and V44 battery pack with Always On functionality. Solar powered telemeter by Pacific Watershed Associates deployed in field. Here is what a water level report could look like: Stream Level Report Water Level Alerts If water levels fall below a certain level, Pacific Watershed can shut off the valve remotely or alert the farmer to shut the valve manually. This shutoff can occur in sequence based on the owner’s “water rights, license, permit, seniority and water allocation.” To speak with an expert at Voltaic about running remote IoT applications from solar, sign up for an IoT consultation. Schedule an IoT Consultation Learn more about Pacific Watershed’s Telemeter here. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.