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Modernizing Irrigation Facilities at Sutter Mutual Water Company - A Case Study





ITRC Report No.

P 02-004



18 pages



Frederick F. Schantz, Stuart W. Styles, Beau J. Freeman, Charles M. Burt, and Douglas Stevens



July 9-12, 2002 USCID conference on Energy, Climate, Environment and Water - Issues and Opportunities for Irrigation and Drainage. San Luis Obispo, CA.






In 1999 Sutter Mutual Water Company (SMWC) began an effort to modernize its water-distribution system in an attempt to reduce operation and maintenance costs and conserve water and power resources.  The effort encompassed two projects within the company's service area: (1) the automation of a pumping plant with a new VFD pump and SCADA system and (2) the demonstration of new SCADA-compatible electronic flow measurement technologies for both canals and pipelines.  The anticipated, and ultimately realized, benefits of the modernization effort was a savings to the company due to a reduction in the amount of water diverted, power consumed and number of personnel required to operate and maintain its system.



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