Irrigation Water Meter
Find Out Why Irrigaton Water Meters Are So Important

An Irrigation water meter is a special type of water meter that is used in applications where the residential water meters cannot be used to accurately measure water flow.

That is because the water contains large particles and solids that would damage the residential meter.

The design of irrigation meters is the main reason why large particles can pass through the meter without interrupting the accurate measurement of the water flow.

They are essential to conserving water especially in an agricultural environment.

Irrigation meters were not always popular but research has shown that a significant amount of water is used in irrigation systems and the need for proper management is needed.

The Agriculture industry uses a lot of water and in order for utility companies to properly manage, cut costs and save money, they need to accurately measure water flows in these instances.

Over the years, irrigation meters have evolved and are even available with electrical output that allows for the use of monitoring equipment and remote display.

Most irrigation meters are maintenance free. In fact, you don't have to worry about the bearings getting damaged because during operation, the bearings get flushed and this eliminates any build up of deposit of solids which could damage the bearings.

Regardless of your irrigation system, you will be able to find a suitable size meter to meet your needs. They are common in sizes from 3" to 20".

Irrigation meters are popular in agricultural, urban, and industrial situations. In some instances, they are also used in food processing units because of its ability to measure accurately with large solids passing through.

These situations require efficient and accurate water meter management. That is why selecting and buying these meters is extremely important.

Why Are Irrigation Water Meters Necessary?

  1. Irrigation meters are excellent tools at locating problems in the water system such as well problems, pump problems, irrigation problems or other water meter problems.
  2. Irrigation meters monitor water usage and save water that would otherwise go undetected. Conservation is key especially in countries where agriculture is vital to the development of their economy.
  3. Improve efficiency and allow for water to be supplied as cheaply as possible.

Types of Irrigation Water Meters

  1. Positive Displacement Water Meters- These meters are used in smaller irrigation systems such as schools, churches and domestic water irrigation systems.
  2. There are instances where some people have both a residential water meter and an irrigation water meter.

    In this case, the residential meter is connected to the main pipe and it records all water passing through the household, whereas, the irrigation meter is installed within the pipe that leads to the irrigation system and only records water that passes through the meter.

  3. Impeller Meters- Whereas the positive displacement meter is completely used in low flow situations, the impeller meters are used when higher flow rates need to be measured.

    Impeller meters are common in sizes from 3" and upwards.

    They are very accurate at high flow rates and are known to be as accurate as +/- 2 percent. In addition, they are easy to install and relatively maintenance free.


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