Rubicon’s solutions have been developed to provide irrigation authorities with a means of modernising their infrastructure to reduce losses and improve service while avoiding the prohibitive costs of pipelining and pumping.”
28 | Securing Australia’s Water Future
Rubicon Water has a vision to improve the productivity of the world’s irrigated agriculture in an environmentally sustainable way. Rubicon achieves this by using advanced technology to vastly improve the operation and management of open channel irrigation supply systems. Many people don’t realise that the irrigation industry is the dominant consumer of the world’s fresh water, accounting for around 70 per cent of consumption. Much of this water is supplied to farms using inefficient channel systems, resulting in substantial quantities of water being lost before crops can use it productively. The result of many years’ research and development conducted in conjunction with the University of Melbourne, Rubicon’s solutions have been developed to provide irrigation authorities with a means of modernising their infrastructure to reduce losses and improve service while avoiding the prohibitive costs of pipelining and pumping. Rubicon produces solar-powered water control gates, flow meters and management software that are designed to operate as an integrated system. The technology enables rural water authorities to deliver accurately measured, highflow, on-demand water to farmers utilising existing open channel systems. Central to Rubicon’s solutions is Total Channel Control, which automates the operation of entire irrigation districts. The solution has been proven in Australia and is being rapidly adopted around the world as the global standard. Total Channel Control largely eliminates the losses experienced in manually operated systems. With the much improved service provided by the system, farmers are able to achieve further efficiencies on-farm by irrigating to minimise water use and maximise plant growth and quality. In one of the largest implementations to date, Total Chanel Control is currently being used by Victoria’s NVIRP project to modernise over 6000km of irrigation channels in the Goulburn-Murray irrigation district. It is the most costefficient solution for delivering substantial water savings in the district.
Published on Jul 27, 2011
Published on Jul 27, 2011
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