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ITRC Paper No. P 99-001.  Charles M. Burt

Irrigation Water Balance Fundamentals

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Water balances are essential for making wise decisions regarding water conservation and water management.  The paper defines the essential ingredients of water balances, and distinguishes between farm and district-level balances.  An example of a hypothetical district-level balance is provided.  The importance of listing confidence intervals is highlighted.  Classic errors in water balance determination are noted.


Burt, C.M. 1999. Irrigation Water Balance Fundamentals. Presented at March 10, 1999 USCID Conference on Benchmarking Irrigation System Performance Using Water Measurement and Water Balances. San Luis Obispo, CA. 14 pp.

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