I wanted to share a screenshot from my own ranch’s water system (below). It’s a graph of the status of the water tank for the ranch main house. It tells me the water level, flow into the tank, plus I added a calculated “virtual” sensor showing total water pumped in last 24hrs. We get water from a spring with solar pumping.
Several interesting things I get from using this graph:
- I can see the filling pattern from the solar pump daily. I can spot when it is doing less (overcast days), or not working at all
- I can see overall production on 24hrs basis, which ideally is a reasonably flat graph
- From the level graph I can see the effect of drawing water (mostly landscape irrigation)
- You can see we are dealing with some piping leaks – that show up as slopes overnight on the water level graph. A few weeks ago the slope was less, but since yesterday it is bigger: we added a new section of piping, so we now know we have a large leak.
- I have alerts set for low water level, and also for missing pumping at mid-day: all these go direct to me and the caretaker’s cell phone, so even when I’m not paying attention I know he is.
- Finally, a text message is set up to go to my caretaker each morning at 8am with current level. Since he is not computer literate, this is a simple way for him to track this important status each day as he plans his day.
One of the big reasons for designing the RS technology was exactly this kind of scenario: being not always on site (and even if I were), I felt powerless to understand if my water system was working, and when not, what were the degree of the problem – and when I did fixes, whether they worked. Now these answers are always at my fingertips, or rather my iPhone 🙂