Houston! We have flowage!

It’s Chicken Dance Time!

Yesterday we got our first raw logs on the irrigation flow sensor! It might not look too exciting,

#Time: 1476405255.072 | Thu Oct 13 2016 17:34:15 GMT-0700 (PDT)
9.739267377: P8_19 1
9.75267071: P8_19 0
9.766590085: P8_19 1
9.77659421: P8_19 0
9.788095502: P8_19 1
9.796096835: P8_19 0
9.805689543: P8_19 1
9.811888668: P8_19 0
9.819744418: P8_19 1
9.825597293: P8_19 0
9.83280121: P8_19 1
9.83820921: P8_19 0
9.844790877: P8_19 1
9.84926921: P8_19 0
etc., etc., etc.

but this is The On Ramp! These are timestamped raw logs of our irrigation flow sensor. Tomorrow the well flow sensor will go on line, and the house flow sensor in the next week or so (there are some pipe reorganization things to attend to).

We also have the beginnings of the well-water-column depth reading. We are pulling our pump sometime in the next week and will a) shorten the pump hose (because we are sucking some sand/silt), and b) zip-tie the pressure tube to the pump’s up-hose.

Once we have the 3 flow sensors plus the depth sensor we have all sorts of good things we can do with the data. For instance, well-flow + well-depth tells us 1) how much total water we are using, and b) our well’s depth and recharge rate …  in real time! Combined with the logs from our OpenSprinkler irrigation system, we will know exactly how much water each of our circuits uses, plus any deviation from normal means we either have an emitter blockage or a blowout.

More RSN! (Real Soon Now!)

Getting Back on the Horse

Over a year has passed since this site was started. I need to accept some of this delay as a personal failing, but it was also the case that Life Happened®. It is now October, 2016, and we have two more babies in the family, one less father, and a whole host of other sturff that happens while you are making other plans.

Begin at the Beginning

“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

The event that triggered what has become WaterUnderground.net (WU) started on the day before Thanksgiving, 2014. We had a large-ish crowd coming the next day, and my wife was working on the front yard landscaping. As I walked past her she said, “Hasn’t that pump been running for quite a while now?” When you live in the country, and all of your water supply is dependent on pumps, these are words that can send chills down your spine.

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