Iris Articles

Precision Irrigation: A Method to Save Water and Energy While Increasing Crop Yield

Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 2:42:00 PM - Written by Gary Marks, March 2010 - 0 comments
A Method to Save Water and Energy While Increasing Crop Yield,
A Targeted Approach for California Agriculture.

National Primary Drinking Water Standard’s Ground Water Rule

Thursday, January 01, 2009 - Written by Steve Cason, Wade Jackson, and Cary Jackson, Ph.D - 0 comments
Understanding the Requirements of the National Primary Drinking Water Standard’s Ground Water Rule

Financial Services

Thursday, January 01, 2009 - 0 comments
Iris Connection has made water system upgrading SIMPLE and EASY with Iris Financial Services. With Iris Financial Services, funding your project can be as easy as a ONE Page application and project approval in as little as 24 hours.

2008 Year End Review

Thursday, January 01, 2009 - 0 comments
Iris Connection has wrapped up another great year of business growth and product development. This article will highlight Iris Connections current success and outline product improvements for new year. At Iris, 2008 was a year of significant progress; we continue to advance the industry of automatic controls for water systems. We have established many new Dealer Partnerships and have also completed several exciting water system projects...

Palomino Lakes Mutual Water Company

Friday, August 01, 2008 - 0 comments
The Palomino Lakes Mutual Water Company was established in 1961 to serve the 340 residents in this small Cloverdale, California community, nestled in the foothills of the Alexander valley in the famous California Wine Country. The current three-member board has been directly involved in all aspects of managing the water system....

National Primary Drinking Water Standard’s Ground Water Rule

Friday, August 01, 2008 - 0 comments
Understanding the Requirements of the National Primary Drinking Water Standard’s Ground Water Rule

Part 1: System Evaluation and Assessment for Susceptibility to Fecal Contamination; A Risk-targeted Approach

Optimizing "Free" Water

Friday, August 01, 2008 - 0 comments
The issue was fairly clear. How can we Optimize our "Free" water?

West Side Park Water Mutual Company

Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 0 comments
West Side Park Mutual Water Company, located in the Antelope Valley near the town of Palmdale, California is managed by an elected board of five, has over 150 connections and has been serving the West Side Park community since 1950.

Save money by using electricity "off-peak"

Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 0 comments
TOU-SmartTM is a simple solution from Iris Connection, Inc. for those who want to control their pumping costs by using electricity during off-peak hours. The more off-peak electricity you use, the more you save.

What does it Cost?

Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 0 comments
According to the United States EPA, all water system owners share key responsibilities that are critical to meeting their ultimate goal - providing an adequate and safe supply of drinking water.

Interview with Deane Johnson

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 - 0 comments
In 1989, Deane Johnson moved to Chico, California, his new neighbor was President of the local water Co. The water company, Butte Creek Estates Service Corporation (BCESC) has been in existence since the early 1960's.

CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY BILL NUMBER: AB 817

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 - 0 comments
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST

DigitalPath Inc – Wireless Internet

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 - 0 comments
DigitalPath Inc is a high speed wireless Internet company in Northern California. For almost 6 years, DigitalPath has been providing wireless Internet to most of the communities from Sacramento to north of Redding.

Real Time

Saturday, September 01, 2007 - 0 comments
What does it mean? "Real-time" is a heavily used (possibly over used) term in our modern vernacular. We see claims like "real-time data" or "information in real-time"; however, there is generally no explanation of what real-time means in the context of the claim. Iris Connection is no exception: We too make claims about "real-time steaming data" in the Watchman's vPanelTM. In this article, we'll attempt to define the meaning of real-time...

Dealer Spotlight...

Saturday, September 01, 2007 - 0 comments
"The year is 1962. A young man in his early twenties, newly discharged from military service, drifts into a job with a one-man drilling operation. He has no experience in the industry, but he learns as he goes. One month later, the boss's heart problems force him into early retirement, and the apprentice, still wet behind the ears, agrees to buy him out." - Tamara Moore, Water Well Journal, August 1995

The Water Sentry™

Saturday, September 01, 2007 - 0 comments
Iris Connection, Inc. the founders of the Watchman SystemTM have introduced the fail safe method of protecting public water systems.

California Department of Health Services Proposition 50 Project Funding

Sunday, July 01, 2007 - 0 comments
Now is the time for the Prop. 50 round 2 pre-applications to be submitted, with July 31 as the closing deadline. Watchman System projects qualify under Chapters 3 & 4. Contact Iris Connection, Inc. for application assistance and qualifying criteria.

Certified Operator - Minimum Roles and Responsibilities For a Public Water System (PWS)

Sunday, July 01, 2007 - 0 comments
All community and non-transient non-community water systems, including those that provide no treatment of their water, are required to have a certified distribution operator (H&SC § 106885)

Watchman Helps Save Homes

Sunday, July 01, 2007 - 0 comments
It was just after 3 p.m. on May 22, 2007, when a fire broke out in the heavily wooded area of Butte Creek Canyon in Chico, California. Firefighters brought the blaze under control two days later; the fire had consumed about 700 acres along and atop the south side of the canyon.

TMF Tune Up

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 0 comments
The California Department of Health Services is offering an Online TMF Tune-up. It is intended to assist Public Water Systems in determining their technical, managerial, and financial (TMF) capacities of their water system.

Circuit Rider Viewpoint

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - Written by Roger Bennett - Circuit Rider - 0 comments
Iris Connection, Inc. - Interview with Roger Bennett

The Ground Water Rule

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 0 comments
The Ground Water Rule (GWR) is one of the many outcomes from the 1996 amendments added to the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. The GWR applies to more than 150,000 public water systems serving more than 100 million customers in the United States. The rule was originally proposed by the EPA in May of 2000, signed into Law in October, 2006 and took effect on January 8, 2007.

Watchman Alerts, prevents a major system failure

Thursday, March 01, 2007 - 0 comments
Recently a public water system experienced a significant system failure. Fortunately for Butte Creek Estates Service Corporation, they have a Watchman System keeping an “eye” on their system.

Iris welcomes new investors onboard!

Thursday, March 01, 2007 - 0 comments
Iris Connection, Inc. developers of the Watchman System welcomed two new investor partners onboard in February 2007.

Dealer providing Water System Management

Thursday, March 01, 2007 - 0 comments
Does your board of directors understand its responsibilities? It is astounding about how many do not.

Pumping System Efficiency – How important is it?

Monday, January 01, 2007 - 0 comments
Quick Facts...

Most pumping systems have excessive operating costs because they use more energy (power or fuel) than they should.
Pumping system performance can be evaluated remotely and continually with the Watchman System™ to determine if changes are needed.
Some problems can be corrected with simple adjustments while others require expensive repairs.

Public Drinking Water

Monday, January 01, 2007 - 0 comments
In 1998, the US EPA released Guidelines for the Certification and Recertification of Operators of Community and Nontransient Noncommunity Public Water Systems. Based on these guidelines, state regulations governing the certification of potable water treatment operators were revised to include distribution operators. These regulations became effective on January 2001. The new distribution grades are designated D1 through D5.

System History in a Click!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006 - 0 comments
Data Logging, System history in the click of a button.



Public Water systems are not as simple as they once were. They are a dynamic structure. They are constantly changing and adjusting.

With the Watchman System the water manager can access not only “real time” information about the system, but can view data in detail over the history of the water system once a Watchman System is installed.

How Water Wells are drilled

Wednesday, November 01, 2006 - 0 comments
This article provides a simple explanation of the well drilling process. Outside the well industry, most people are more familiar with a dentist's drill than with well drilling. A water well is a lot more than a drilled hole, but for many people, the above ground part of the drilling process is the only part they see. A water well is a specially engineered hole in the ground; perhaps a dental root canal may be considered a specially engineered hole in a tooth?

How come we never run out of water

Wednesday, November 01, 2006 - 0 comments
After four and a half million years you'd think the water would be all used up! It's not, though, because of one special process:
The hydrologic cycle, more commonly called "the Water Cycle."

Local customer enjoying local invention

Saturday, March 04, 2006 - 0 comments
Entrepreneurs Jack Coots and Norm Nielsen of Chico love to tell the beach story -- about their first customer sitting on a Hawaiian beach and being able to do everything he needed to monitor his neighborhood's water system. The customer was Butte Creek Estates Service Co. of Chico, and president Deane Johnson was the one in Hawaii.

Be watching for WatchMan

Saturday, March 04, 2006 - Written by LAURA URSENY - Business Editor - 0 comments
It was a huge 10 minutes for Jack Coots and Norm Nielsen on Thursday. Within that bite of time, Coots had two goals: first to intrigue with a PowerPoint presentation, then to hope someone's curiosity was aroused to make a connection.

He hoped to impress just one in a handful of people, although several hundred stared intently at him in the Big Room of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Two would be fantastic.

Real Time System Diagnosis

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Using the Watchman system to diagnose water distribution problems
in a multiple pump/well system

The Watchman System Monitors Utility Power

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Most water districts’ pump sites are powered by electricity from a local utility. The WatchMan helps the water district protect its critical equipment from damage caused by poor quality power that is supplied by the utility. In addition to monitoring the typical water delivery related parameters, such as pressure, flow rate, holding tank water level, etc., a standard WatchMan installation also monitors the quality of the electrical power provided by the utility at each pump site.

The City of Tehama

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Tehama was founded by Robert Hasty Thomes, who arrived in the area after being given a land grant from the government of Mexico from San Francisco in 1844. There are 432 people, 179 households, and 124 families residing in the city.

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)

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The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was originally passed by Congress in 1974 to protect public health by regulating the nation's public drinking water supply. The law was amended in 1986 and 1996 and requires many actions to protect drinking water and its sources: rivers, lakes, reservoirs, springs, and ground water wells.

Know your system status?

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Iris’s technology is changing the lives of the small water districts and their pump dealer. The district’s water delivery system can now be monitored and controlled by way of the Internet with the use of Iris’s Watchman System™.

Drinking Water: What you need to know

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Public drinking water systems are federally regulated by the EPA. States and tribes, provide drinking water to 90 percent of all Americans. These public drinking water systems, which may be publicly- or privately-owned, serve at least 25 people or 15 service connections for at least 60 days per year. Through the Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) program, EPA implements and enforces drinking water standards to protect public health. ...