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SCADA experience in Mexico




Ruiz C., Victor M., author
Moreno, Arturo, author
Rodriguez, Alberto, author
Begovich, Ofelia, author
Zapien, Juan C., author
Blanco, Rafael, author
U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, publisher

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Since 1989, with the transfer of operation and maintenance of the irrigation districts to Water User Associations in Mexico, a big training and technological program began. Two large irrigation districts started their remote operation projects with unfavorable results. Poor equipment selection, based on extremely limited experience, and the absence of a supervisory system to verify the performance of the components were the root causes. The Mexican Institute of Water Technology (IMTA) is making headway in the use of SCADA systems for canal operation in Mexico. Studies include testing of the control algorithms required, development of the supervisory schemes, evaluation and adaptation of control elements available on the market and training of user association personnel. Two laboratory canals were used for these purposes. Since 1997, the Institute, supported by the National Water Commission (CNA), the Mexican federal agency responsible of water reclamation, worked with the farmers' association in the Carrizo Irrigation District to develop a remote flow monitoring system and remote control of four control structures.


Presented at the 2002 USCID/EWRI conference, Energy, climate, environment and water - issues and opportunities for irrigation and drainage on July 9-12 in San Luis Obispo, California.

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