Senix AirWire and ToughSonic Sensors for Water Level Detection

Located in south-central Roosevelt County, the Causey-Lingo area reaches approximately 300 square miles on New Mexico’s High Plains of eastern New Mexico and is adjacent to Texas’s Bailey and Cochran Counties.

In recent years, there has been a need for additional wells and storage tanks, given both the increase in population growth and in the use of groundwater for irrigation and cattle feeding. 

In this region, the principal industries are farming and ranching. About 12 miles north of the Causey-Lingo area, near Portales, successful irrigation has been used for crops for many years.

Within the Portales valley, groundwater is pumped from wells into an abandoned stream valley which diagonally traverses the northern part of Roosevelt County.

Senix AirWire and ToughSonic Sensors for Water Level Detection

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However, for the rest of the county, stock raising and agriculture have been dependent upon precipitation. Crop yields were satisfactory and adequate pasture was produced during years of normal rainfall.

Senix AirWire and ToughSonic Sensors for Water Level Detection

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Crop yield on dry-land farms, however, fell significantly, and pasture grass was inadequate for cattle-feeding in years when rainfall was deficient. Naturally, these conditions led to an interest in improving water storage and irrigation in the area.

Senix AirWire and ToughSonic Sensors for Water Level Detection

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In order to create sufficient pressure and flow to wide areas, several water towers in the Causey, NM region, were raised.

Continuously monitoring the water level is challenging due to the remote locations and height of some of these towers, but it is essential to ensure that each region is prepared to meet future demands for water.

The storage tank in Causey, NM, is 16 ft tall and is elevated 120 ft off the ground. Causey required a water level monitoring system on this elevated water tank which could then be viewed from a more accessible location.

We needed an economical system that gave us an accurate reading on our water level, as well as [one that would] be in compliance with our State of New Mexico water agency.

Larry Paiz, A Resident of Causey-Lingo Area 

Mr. Paiz settled on Senix’s ToughSonic 30 Ultrasonic Level and Distance Sensor. This 16-foot outdoor tank is ideal for such use, thanks to its potted and protected cables and electronics, 316 Stainless Steel housing and its IP68 rating.

The Senix AirWire Transmitter and Gateway system were used to send and view the water level data at a remote location, combined with the free secure Cloud-based monitoring software from Senix.

As a system used for making remote measurements within a local region without requiring wired communications, AirWire from Senix is very versatile and applicable for a multitude of uses.

The system uses a low-power and high penetration data transmission technology called LoRa technology, which is broadly accepted in the IoT area as a lower-cost choice.

Through integral batteries, the Senix AirWire transmitter powers and controls the sensor and subsequently transmits the data to either a private gateway for display on the internet, a public LoRa gateway or Cloud-based software from Senix. 

The system’s features include the ability to add high and low levels and send alarms, HTTP posts and automatic text messages/emails when an alarm message occurs.

The Lora System Manager is used to set up the sensor, communications, and set alarm levels and alerts.

The Lora System Manager is used to set up the sensor, communications, and set alarm levels and alerts. Image Credit: Senix Corporation

We are extremely happy with the Senix equipment.  It was easy to install and easy to monitor. Senix was extremely helpful in understanding our needs, the purchase and installation of the equipment, and followed up with me to ensure the equipment was working properly.  Without my asking, Senix has even contacted me with recommendations on how to correct any issues that were noted in our software settings.

Larry Paiz, A Resident of Causey-Lingo Area

Larry commented further to say, “I work remotely and being able to monitor the system on my phone and computer has been invaluable. My hope was to install the system and have it do what it was intended to do, and so far, it has met our expectations.”

Senix Cloud-Based software is used to visually monitor sensor data, sensor parameters, and settings for measurements.

Senix Cloud-Based software is used to visually monitor sensor data, sensor parameters, and settings for measurements. Image Credit: Senix Corporation

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Senix Corporation.

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