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What We Do



With over 25 years in irrigated agriculture, we are experienced in drip and micro irrigation system design and management. With many years of experience in agronomy and crop ecology, we integrate with other professional agronomists. Water Balance occasionally provides irrigation water management planning (IWMP) to large institutions and home owner's associations, such as vast common areas, churches and shopping malls, but our specialty is on-farm IWMP.

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      • Addition of flow and pressure monitoring and management
      • Drip system pest management
      • On-screen, interactive irrigation system feature maps, and
      • Often helping to answer "Is it time for 2-wire automated control?"

    • Sampling, mapping, and soil and water amendment recommendations.



    • Plant tissue sampling, laboratory delivery, reporting and tracking.



    • Lab-field monitoring of cotton, wheat, grapes, roses, alfalfa and citrus featuring continuous, high accuracy soil moisture, soil salinity and temperature.



    • Coordination of sprinkler pipe, poly-pipe, gated-pipe and drip system acquisitions and deployments.



    • Booster pump, filter station planning, design and procurement



    • Water reservior design, costing, contractor selection, and inspections



    • Consulting on irrigation system repair and renovation/upgrades.



    • Performance Consultation



      • Benchmarks the system
      • Establishes a basis for warranty claims
      • Should be performed by an independent auditor such as WaterBalance
      • Essential for long-term plant nurturing
      • Assists in avoiding waste and pollution


    What You Need to Know About Your Irrigation System



    Uninformed irrigating is like driving a car with your eyes closed - risky and bound to get you in trouble! WaterBalance has proven, effective methods for optimal, cost-effective irrigation. But, the irrigation schedule comes later. First -- What you need to know about your irrigation system begins with a system assessment.

    When is it time to irrigate?



    WaterBalance has several methods to answer the challenge of proper irrigation scheduling. Some solutions include new digital technology.some methods, like the "soil moisture by feel method," where water was (and still is) carried to the crop, were undoubtedly developed over one thousand years ago. One unique feature of the WaterBalance service is our innovative hybridization of two distinctly different approaches to measuring soil water use by plants. A number of other scholars and manufacturer's are following our lead.

    WaterBalance utilizes the various state and federal agencies free weather and climate data to plan the water use of a farm or urban landscape. Newly planted crops and nursery plants/trees take time to emerge and adapt to their new habitat. Soil and micro-climate factors would demand that irrigation control could conform to the soil and micro-climate differences across an entire project, field, or farm. Variable rate application is such a scheme.

    When the farm or urban landscape is laid out in a manner that respects these profoundly critical differences, then the irrigation designer is able to design the irrigation system for variable rate applications of water (and fertilizer). Otherwise, compromise rules our clients management practices. Directly measuring soil moisture is the key, either way.


    What We Don't Do



    We don't take over day-to-day operations and maintenance. If we were successful convincing you that at least some monitoring capability is warranted, then this feedback from the soil and plants helps you to adjust irrigation and fertilizer schedules we have jointly prepared. WaterBalance's philosophy says documenting landscape and system establishment, when it was new, should have been informing you all along which plants in which parts of the field, if any, might not thrive.

    • Yields are never perfectly uniform because water distribution uniformity is never perfect. Periodic soil testing, plant inspection or monitoring, and a review of the irrigation system design and scientific irrigation scheduling informs us. If plant vigor chronically fails, we urge you to correct the bad condition or causes, and never just replant.


    Also, Water Balance does not remove or install many of the improvements we might recommend. We install the monitoring systems and we assist you in programming the controllers. We can help you select capable contractors. We can present the concept to a Planning and Zoning Commission. Water Balance creates value in a unique way, and in a way we believe can make our customers wealthier. We know we must perform well to remain engaged.