Clean vs. Dirty Water Effects in Irrigation Systems

by Terry A. Bowen, Boyle Engineering Corp, United States,
Erna Acheson, Boyle Engineering Corp, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation and Drainage


Seepage losses in irrigation systems may be significantly affected by the suspended solids concentrations of the water. Low-solids clean water increases losses; high-solids dirty water decreases losses. The solids can act as sealants, which clog ditch linings and reduce the surface layer hydraulic conductivity. Reducing seepage losses by modifying the suspended solids concentrations offers a potential method of augmenting irrigation system water supplies and increasing system efficiency.

Subject Headings: Irrigation systems | Irrigation water | Water quality | Water supply | Water conservation | Water supply systems | Solid mechanics | Turbidity

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