San Miguel Water Supply Study: A Case Study in Non-Structural Alternatives for Improved Irrigation Water Supplies

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by Jerry F. Kenny, Boyle Engineering Corp, United States,
William E. Green, Boyle Engineering Corp, United States,
Daniel W. Boyd, Boyle Engineering Corp, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation and Drainage:

Abstract: The San Miguel study area is located in southwestern Colorado sixty miles south of Grand Junction. Investigations of alternatives for developing additional water supplies involved mainstem reservoirs, none of which were found to be economically feasible. Subsequent investigations undertaken by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) have concentrated on smaller, less expensive project configurations which do not involve mainstem reservoirs. Alternatives which utilize existing sources of water with improvements and expansions of existing facilities are the preferred option. Conservation, improved water management techniques, modifications to system operations, and other non-structural measures appear to be viable options.

Subject Headings: Water supply | Case studies | Water conservation | Irrigation water | Reservoirs | Existing buildings | Nonstructural elements | Water supply systems | Economic factors | North America | Colorado | United States

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