U.S. Bureau of Reclamation: How Irrigation Projects are Sized

by Michael T. Savage, CH2M Hill, Santa Ana, CA, USA,
Eldon L. Johns, CH2M Hill, Santa Ana, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Steel Structures


The objective of this study was to review the methods presently used by the United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) to estimate the water requirements for irrigation projects. These water requirements are the basis for designing irrigation systems, both project and on-farm. A review of the water requirement determination procedure and the application of the results in the design process was needed to ensure that project irrigation delivery facilities are properly sized. This study focused on water requirements during the peak demand period and their impact on the sizes of canals, laterals, pumping plants, wells, and control structures. This evaluation did not include annual water requirements related to reservoir or storage sizing and design.

Subject Headings: Project management | Water reclamation | Bureau of Reclamation | Irrigation | Irrigation systems | Water treatment | Water storage | Water management

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