Theoretical Irrigation Tailwater Volumes

by Otto C. Wilke, Asst. Prof.; Texas Agric. Experiment Station, Texas A&M Univ., Agric. Res. and Extension Ctr. at Lubbock, Lubbock, TX,

Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 3, Pg. 415-420

Document Type: Journal Paper


Often irrigation water is allowed to flow past the downstream end of irrigation furrows to adequately irrigate all of a crop. This tailwater runoff can be recirculated to the irrigation set. Predictions of tailwater volumes would aid in the design of tailwater pits, pumps, and return pipelines. A volume balance theory and graphical relationships for obtaining such predictions are presented herein.

Subject Headings: Irrigation | Tailwater | Furrow irrigation | Irrigation water | Water pipelines | Water flow | Rivers and streams | Crops

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