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

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


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: Case studies | Water supply | Irrigation water | Water conservation | Reservoirs | Existing buildings | Economic factors | Water supply systems | Colorado | United States

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