Irrigation District Service in the Western United States
© 2000 American Society of Civil Engineers. The definitive version can be found online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9437(2000)126:5(279).
Data were obtained from 61 agricultural districts within the Mid-Pacific Region of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation regarding the level of water delivery service provided to users, water pricing, associated characteristics, and plans for modernization. A flexibility index was developed and used by the writers to characterize the degree of water delivery flexibility provided by each district. The flexibility index provides a rating of 3–15 (15 being the highest value) based upon the frequency, rate, and duration of irrigation water delivery service to farmers. The data show that 42% of the districts received a flexibility score of 12 or greater, with two of the districts receiving almost perfect scores. Based on these results, a program for technical assistance to irrigation districts was developed and implemented. A high priority item was supervisory control and data acquisition systems.
Charles M. Burt and Stuart W. Styles. "Irrigation District Service in the Western United States" Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering 126.5 (2000): 279-282.
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