"The connection to LetsGrow.com is the ingenuity behind Rainlevelr" - Erwin Hofman
16 September 2020
In Rainlevelr, Dutch growers contribute to so called “dry feet” by making space in their rainwater basin or silo before an expected downpour. Dutch growers opt to do so of their own volition. Delfland (Dutch Water Authority) informs growers about the forecasted rain and lets them know when more space for water is needed. Delfland covers the one-off costs of facilities required to participate, and the grower operates and maintains them. This collaboration decreases the risk of flooding and lessens any water damage.
Erwin Hofman (Montera Techniek) considers the ingenuity of Rainlevelr to be its connection to LetsGrow.com:
“As a result, Delfland can see the basins’ available capacity, and, combined with the forecasted rain, they can calculate how much capacity the Rainlevelr participants should free up.”
Based on the forecasted rainfall, it calculates the capacity needed from the Rainlevelr participants’ rainwater basins or silos.
“Because the grower decides whether to open their valve, the threshold to participate is low. After all, you do not want to have a shortage of irrigation water in times of drought. There is no collective basin that growers can use during those dryer times; perhaps that’s something to think about.”