Flow Meter Installation Deadline Looms for Idaho Irrigators

The clock is ticking for irrigators who tap Idaho’s Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.

“A new mandate that takes effect next year requires growers along the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer to install approved closed conduit flow meters to better monitor their water use,” said Bret Anderson, regional manager at Lindsay Corporation. “The devices, which must be approved by the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR), need to be installed before the start of the growing season. 

The Growsmart® by Lindsay IM3000 Magnetic Flow Meter is one of the devices on the IDWR’s approved list. Available from local Zimmatic dealers, the IM3000 underwent rigorous testing conducted at the Utah Water Research Laboratory and met or exceeded IDWR standards.

“The IM3000 delivers accuracy, durability and, unlike many competitors, ease of installation,” Anderson said. “Even when close coupled to a turbine discharge, the meter’s accuracy can be maintained to within +/- 2% - the best of any meter on the market.”

Anderson said that’s important, because that means growers typically can avoid the high installation costs that result from a complete retrofit of existing pipe layouts.

“Growers can save a lot of money if they don’t have to redesign the entire pumping plant to make room for the flow meter,” he said. “It’s a cost-effective way for growers – in Idaho and elsewhere – to meet local water usage requirements.”

The IM3000 can also be integrated into FieldNET’s industry-leading remote management system.

“With FieldNET capabilities, this magnetic flow meter gives growers real-time, convenient access to current information, alerts and reporting,” said Josh Eagan, FieldNET specialist. 

For more information about the Growsmart IM3000 Magnetic Flow Meter, talk to your local Zimmatic dealer or visit