Considerations for Sizing Water Delivery Systems

by Ian C. Tod, Univ of California, Davis, CA, USA,
Delbert W. Henderson, Univ of California, Davis, CA, USA,
Johannes J. DeVries, Univ of California, Davis, CA, USA,
Wesley W. Wallender, Univ of California, Davis, CA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation Systems for the 21st Century

Abstract: The purpose of a water delivery system is to deliver irrigation water to a farm and its design should be based on meeting the requirements of farm water use. The rate, duration and frequency of water delivery and the related method of control will determine the size of the delivery system and directly influence farm water use. A model is presented to show how the optimum size of a water delivery system can be determined from an economic analysis of water used under different farm irrigation scenarios, and an example of the model's application is given.

Subject Headings: Water supply systems | Hydrologic models | Agriculture | Water use | Systems engineering | Irrigation systems | Hydraulic design | Economic factors

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