Operation and Maintenance of Irrigation and Drainage Systems

Committee on Operation and Maintenance, ASCE

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-231-9 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-231-2 (ISBN-10), 1980, Soft Cover, Pg. 279

Manual of Practice No.: 57

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Manual of Practice


Although technical literature concerning the planning, design and construction of irrigation and drainage projects is extensive, this manual aims to fill the gap concerning the operation and maintenance of these systems. The manual is divided into three sections: (1) organization for operation and maintenance, (2) operation, and (3) maintenance. The several types of organizations include mutual companies, commercial companies, and districts; the three types of districts covered are irrigation districts, drainage districts and conservation districts. The management structure, legal aspects and staff development are explored. The operation section covers: good water management; the necessary staff and its responsibilities; practices and procedures for the handling, movement, disposal or reuse of water; and records and communication. The objectives of maintenance are: to keep the system in top operating condition, to obtain the longest life and greatest use of the system, and to achieve the first two objectives as economically as possible. The manual was prepared by the committee on operation and maintenance of irrigation and drainage systems of the ASCE Irrigation and Drainage System, and the manual is No. 57 the ASCE's Manuals and Reports on Engineering Practice series.

Subject Headings: Irrigation systems | Drainage systems | Maintenance | Organizations | Hydraulic design | Construction management | Irrigation districts | Legal affairs


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