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Estimating Small Stream Water Flow

Estimating Small Stream Water Flow
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This is an excerpt from a larger document the best I can tell.  I don’t know where it comes from, but if you want to develop hydro-power in small scale the information is vital.

This document gives essential instruction, charts, and graphs to allow a layperson to accurately measure the flow of a body of water.  If you want to build a ram pump or small generator, then having the ability to begin estimating small stream water flow is a basic and essential first step.

Before looking at this document, I knew that things like valves slowed the water and decreased flow, but I had no idea how to calculate it.

Knowing how to estimate water will tell you quickly if your project is economical and worth the resources to do.  I would not want a person to labor and build a system that was not big enough for them to recoup the costs because their stream did not have enough flow to generate the energy their project needed.

As I tell my Dad when we disagree on projects.  There is a time to calculate and be precise, and a time to just buckle down and get it done.  When its time to do something exact, it is nice to have the information needed to BE exact.

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