Water Measurement and Conveyance

Resources for irrigation water flow measurement and canals and other water conveyance systems.

White Papers

Pipe Flow Measurement for Irrigation

Fact Sheets and Web Articles

Terms and Tables for Water Measurements and Management

Soil salinity is a measure of the total amount of soluble salt in soil. As salinity levels increase, plants extract water less easily from soil, aggravating water stress conditions. High soil salinity can also cause nutrient imbalances, result in the accu...

Energy Conservation with Irrigation Water Management

Irrigators in Utah experienced rapidly increasing energy costs from the mid 1970s to the late 1980s. These costs remain relatively high. Those who are pumping from deep wells are particularly interested in ways to cut back on energy use without doing away...

How Good is Your Water Measurement?

Accurate water measurement is essential to maintaining equity of water delivery within an irrigation company or water districts. Good management of our scarce water resource is dependent upon quantifying supplies and uses with accurate measurement techniq...

Irrigation Canal Lining?

Irrigation canals placed in native soil or lined with earth can have seepage water losses varying from 20 percent to more than 50 percent. Well designed, new compacted earth lined canals can have reduced seepage losses similar to concrete lined channels. ...

Variable Frequency Drives for Irrigation Pumps

In the correct applications, VFDs can be a great way to save energy and protect and extend the life of irrigation pumps and motors. VFD economics will be highly dependent on the conditions on each field or set of fields. Considering the complete costs of ...

Other Resources

Idaho Department of Water Resources Approved Flow Meters (Tested by Utah Water Research Laboratory at USU)
Multi-State Extension Surface Irrigation Information
USU Extension Drought Page
Texas A&M Article About Canal Lining Performance
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation PVC Venturi Meters