Customer Delivery Measurement Data Collection and Accounting (RemoteTracker Implementation)

Client: RD 108, Richvale ID, Biggs-West Gridley WD, Western Canal WD, Provident ID, Princeton-Cordova-Glenn ID, Sutter MWC, South Sutter WD

Funder: Local, State, and Federal

Location: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, & Yolo Counties, CA

Date: 2012 - present

In 2012, DWR developed the agricultural water measurement regulations, pursuant to SBx7-7, which required agricultural water suppliers serving over 25,000 acres to measure and report the volume of water delivered to customers and bill, at least in part, based on quantity of water delivered. Davids Engineering was engaged in response to these regulations in 2011 and 2012 to pilot test alternative turnout measurement methods. These tests revealed common challenges for flow measurement, including very small head differentials between supply canals and irrigated fields and very wide ranges in water delivery rates. The RemoteTracker system, which consists of a portable, self-locating, data logging and wireless enabled velocity sensor paired with a comprehensive database for district turnout and customer management, was developed specifically to address these challenges and was ultimately selected for implementation at seven Sacramento Valley water suppliers, serving a total of over 250,000 acres.

Davids Engineering has provided comprehensive support for RemoteTracker implementation, including turnout and field mapping, site surveying and inspections, and operator training and technical support. The RemoteTracker system provides benefits beyond compliance with DWR regulations, including increased water management efficiency, improved methods for managing droughts and water supply cuts, and reliable district-wide data that has been successfully used to obtain funding for other infrastructure modernization and water efficiency projects.

All Projects

Tehama County Groundwater Sustainability Plan Implementation 

Colusa Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Plan Revisions

Madera Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Plan Revisions 

Chowchilla Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Plan Revisions

Moore Siphon Replacement Project

Dos Rios Ranch SB88 Compliance and Crop Planning Analysis

Hart Ranch On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Improvements

Orland Project Distribution System Modernization

Water Management Plan Compliance Mapping

Agricultural Development Feasibility Assessment

Analysis of Effects of Water Management on Evapotranspiration from Managed Wetlands

Garden Highway Mutual Water Company Water Control Projects

Richvale Irrigation District Phase I Infrastructure Modernization

Joint Water Districts Board SCADA

Sutter Mutual Water Company Modernization Support

Shasta Valley Groundwater Monitoring

Time Series Evapotranspiration and Applied Water Estimates from Remote Sensing

Customer Delivery Measurement Data Collection and Accounting (RemoteTracker Implementation)

SGMA Technical Support Services and Prop 1 Stressed Basin Grant Project

Efficiency Conservation Definite Plan and Conservation Program

Boundary Outflow Measurements

Oakdale Irrigation District Agricultural Water Management Plan

Yuba Water Agency Agricultural Water Managment Plan

Feather River Agricultural Water Management Plan (FRRAWMP)

Colusa Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Plan Development

Madera and Chowchilla Subbasins Groundwater Sustainability Plans

2022 Verification Project for Madera County GSAs

Little Shasta River Efficiency Study

Mill Creek Flow Measurement Improvements

Kettle Spring Improvement Project

Antelope Creek Fish Passage Improvement Project

Conservation Planning and Operations Decision Support