We discovered that we were not able to pump water out of one lysimeter out of twelve which was very odd because all the other lysimeters were functioning properly. We deduced that this was either due the tubing being clogged or crimped or that the tubing was not properly connected to the lysimeter. Now usually this would be a pretty easy problem to fix but we faced a couple of issues. The first being that the lysimeter was 6 feet below the ground surface underneath nutrient removal media. The second being that it was at the bottom on box that was 2 feet wide by 3 feet long. The size of the box made it very hard to retrieve the media to access the lysimeter and identify the issue. But digging (and digging) was the only option. So, with manpower, numerous shovels, and lots of water we were able to dig up the media and figure out that the tubing was clogged near the lysimeter. We were able to cut the part of the tubing that was clogged and repair the lysimeter.
with the soil moisture sensors. After construction, these
were installed at various depths to measure the water
content of the surrounding soil. These soil moisture
sensors were then hooked up to a box (data logger)
where all the data was stored and could be read-out
using specific computer software and a USB connection.
During a storm event, some of the data loggers became
inundated, due to the large amount of rainfall. These
definitely had to be replaced. The manufactured was
contacted and new data loggers were shipped out to us
immediately. We are still experiencing this problem today
and have been in contact with the manufacture often. Technical support and I are pretty much best friends at this point.
. . .research, data collection, issue identification, and issue resolution. The experience thus far has been phenomenal; It has provided me with problem solving skills that will benefit greatly in the future. I have honed my problem-solving skills and have definitely developed more patience!