The re-direction of excess surface water back into the ground has become an increasingly crucial endeavour. As the need for sustainable water management intensifies, a wave of successful groundwater recharge projects has taken root with much more potential on the horizon.
Here are a few examples of how our technology is being leveraged for dedicated groundwater recharge…
A single Rubicon PikoMeter on the Peoples Canal is helping to replenish much-needed groundwater. A simple solution controls the water level on the lateral and diverts excess water into a recharge site. The PikoMeter acts as a release mechanism prompted by the water level in the canal. The excess water not needed by nearby farms is measured by the meter and released into a dedicated recharge site. The implementation of the PikoMeter has resolved a significant issue faced by the lateral, which previously experienced fluctuating canal levels due to the operation of pivots being turned on and off. This fluctuation posed a challenge as water delivery had to be meticulously controlled, often leading to cutbacks that left farmers with insufficient water. However, the introduction of a single PikoMeter has brought about a win-win situation, ensuring the stability of the lateral while also returning much-needed water to the ground.
It’s important to note that all Rubicon products, including the PikoMeter, are scalable and TCC compatible, ensuring a future-proof investment for customers at any stage in their modernization journey.
Winter stormwater was effectively utilised for aquifer recharge, offering potential support for drought resiliency efforts.
Rubicon technology played a vital role in this process by accurately measuring, controlling, and distributing excess canal flows to dedicated recharge sites. These sites include farm growers who willingly receive a portion of the excess flow on their land for groundwater recharge. This collaborative approach between the irrigation district and growers not only harnesses floodwater in a novel manner but also aids in recharging local groundwater basins. As a result, it helps alleviate pressure on flood control infrastructure while promoting sustainable water management practices.
In Central Arizona,
The Gila River Indian Community is home to the Animal O’otham and Pee Posh Tribes, descendants of the Huuugam People known for their canal-building and agricultural expertise. The Gila River, a tributary of the Colorado River, had suffered reduced flow due to upstream water diversions. However, after a decades-long legal battle, the 2004 Arizona Water Settlement Act granted the community an allocation of 653,000-acre feet per year from the Colorado River System.
This quantification of their water rights has enabled the Gila River Indian Community to market its water and launch conservation projects, including Managed Aquifer Recharge Sites (MAR) where Rubicon technology is utilized. Through Rubicon technology, the community effectively manages and recharges aquifers, ensuring long-term water sustainability. This milestone empowers the community to control their water resources while promoting responsible water management and preserving their cultural heritage.
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In Canterbury, New Zealand,
Rubicon technology plays a vital role in supporting ambitious aquifer and surface water recharge projects led by the Hekaeo/Hinds Water Enhancement Trust.
These projects encompass Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) and Near River Recharge, a form of MAR conducted in the immediate floodplain of a river system. Rubicon’s contribution involves providing control and monitoring infrastructure, including PikoMeters, SlipMeters, and NeuroFlo management software. The scale and complexity of the project will encompass numerous sites across 250,000 acres, resulting in improved water quality and enhanced habitats for native birds, lizards, and fish.
For more information, please visit www.hhwet.org.nz.
Rubicon’s experienced team is available to assist in the design of groundwater replenishment projects, whether it be a single gate or a complex network of gates.
We invite you to contact us with your project thoughts and ideas and we will put our heads together to come up with a workable plan.