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Entries in Water News (41)

Monday
Feb222016

Software gives your garden water when it needs it.

Sounds like a good invention to help use your water wisely for your garden!

"A controller installed on the resident’s premises communicates with the servers via WiFi. It relays via underground wires a signal to open or close a set of valves controlling the sprinklers. That signal is based on the servers’ calculated watering schedule. The novelty of Hydrawise is in the servers’ watering algorithms, Ryan says.

The system’s more sophisticated option factors in variables such as plant type, soil type and plant root depth, and weather conditions such as solar radiation, temperature, rainfall and wind to estimate soil moisture levels and work out when to trigger watering......"

 

Wednesday
Feb102016

New housing estates get wise with water

Interesting article on a new estate being built in Melbourne that uses tank water, recycled water and an electronic device connected to the tanks that allows all the tanks to dump their water out when a huge rain event is coming, to prevent flooding.

 

Thursday
Feb042016

Farmers weigh up cost of feed vs water

Interesting article about how much water is needed for irrigation, depending on when crops are sown.

"Encouraging irrigation water budgeting, Ms Brown said the first irrigation used three to four times more water than subsequent ones. For ­example, the first could require 1-2 ML/ha with subsequent using about 0.5ML/ha. Rain and hot weather would alter ­irrigation requirements as well."

http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/dairy/farmers-weigh-up-cost-of-feed-versus-water/news-story/c510bb4a3356014a211d8c6ae95dc5cd

Wednesday
Feb032016

2015 was the hottest year on record

Every month since February 1985 has been warmer than average, and 2015 is the 39th consecutive year with above-average annual temperatures in an uninterrupted run that began in the mid 1970s. Ten months in 2015 beat previous records for those months.

High temperatures broke the internet (literally); led to cancelled sporting events in Victoria and South Australia; and added to severe bushfire conditions in several states.

 

https://blog.csiro.au/2015-hottest-year-ever-recorded/

Thursday
Jan282016

Carting water in West Wimmera & South Grampians.

Livestock producers and rural families in typically high rainfall regions of West Wimmera and Southern Grampians shires face a long summer of carting water for stock and domestic use.

Veteran farmers said supplies were the lowest on record and "much worse" than drought years in the 1960s and 1980s.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-20/drought-water-policy-infrastructure-livestock-lamb-cattle/7101274