Published in Proceedings of the Third National Irrigation Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona, April 1, 1990, pages 495-500. Copyright © 1990 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
The first rule regarding irrigation district canal automation is that there is no single "best" method of automations. The locations of buffer reservoirs, the ability to allow water to spill at the ends of canals, the storage capacity of canal pools, and the topography will also play key roles in deciding if automation is desirable, and what type of automation should be used. These typical engineering considerations must also be coupled with recognition of the limitations and abilities of irrigation district staff regarding maintenance and trouble shooting of sophisticated controls.
Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering