Flow Meters

Flow meters are a beneficial tool to help manage water use.  The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) now requires flow meters on all high capacity irrigation wells.

All flow meters and any appurtenances (such as straightening vanes) must be installed by a certified technician.  A list of certified installers can be found below.  If you choose to install the meters yourself, you will need to become certified.  The training dates for those sessions are listed below.

Each meter must have a totalizer that measures units of acre-inches, and must measure flow rate in units of gallons per minute.

The flow meters must be installed on every irrigation well in the district by January 1, 2018.

Cost-share assistance for installation of flow meters on irrigation systems is available until June 30th, 2017. Contact your local NRCS office or the LENRD office to apply today!

For more information, contact Curt Becker with the LENRD.

Flow meter cost-share available from 2 funding sources -- click here for more information

Flow meter training schedule

List of Certified Flow Meter Installation Contractors

Approved Flow Meter list in the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District:

  1. McCrometer Propeller Flow Meters (All Models)
  2. McCrometer McMag 3000 Magmeter
  3. Senninger Flo-Wise Ag Rotor Sensor System
  4. Seametrics AG2000 Series & AG3000 Series Magmeter
  5. Growsmart by Lindsay IM3000 Magnetic Flow Meter
  6. Valley 3000 Electromagnetic Flow Meter
  7. McCrometer Duramag

The flow meters must be installed on every irrigation well in the district by January 1, 2018.

Installation Forms

Subarea Information


Flow Measurements

The Lower Elkhorn NRD will perform flow measurements upon request.  This service can help irrigators calibrate and improve their irrigation water management by determining the pumping rate of their wells.

Water Use Calculator

A water use calculator is available on the web at UNL's CropWatch site

A version of the calculator is also available as a mobile app for iOS and Android devices: