Proposal for Funding Water Conservation Programsby D. A. Twogood, Imperial Irrigation District, El, Centro, CA, USA,
Abstract: Programs have been identified which appear to have the potential to conserve significant amounts of water within a large irrigated agricultural area. Losses such as canal seepage, operational spill, and surface runoff from irrigated fields could be reduced by such programs. The area of use has a firm and adequate water supply and is essentially fully developed. Furthermore, estimated costs of certain conservation programs are greater than current water costs and local funding is not economically justified. A proposal is described whereby an outside party, needing additional water, and having the ability to pay higher costs, would fund water conservation programs for the right to use the water saved.
Subject Headings: Water conservation | Water supply | Water rights | Canals | Seepage | Surface irrigation
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