Management Structure for Irrigation

by Richard A. Smith, (M.ASCE), Gen. Mgr. and Chief Engr.; United Water Conservation Dist. of Ventura Cty., CA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 4, Pg. 475-488

Document Type: Journal Paper


After engineers build irrigation systems many continue as operators and changing to managers by acquiring the concepts and skills of management. This involves shifting from doing work to responsibly supervising others. The physical irrigation system hosts an intricate social structure which utilizes the democratic process to establish policy and to govern operations within a framework of law. Human functions supercede equipment and both require ever-improving techniques of operation. Vitalized operations result from the constant quest for improvement. Continual attention must be given to better management methods in order for an irrigation system to effectively perform its intended function. Methods include good communication, careful planning and effective control. Engineers with good personal qualifications can become increasingly effective in motivating subordinates toward better performance by sharpening skills in a self-development campaign. Engineers as managers can thus improve in ability to sponsor proper relationships with board members and others. This leads to an improved acceptance of irrigation system objectives by the public.

Subject Headings: Irrigation systems | Irrigation | Managers | Management methods | Social factors | Frames | Human factors | Equipment and machinery

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