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ITRC Paper No. P 14-001. Kyle Feist and Charles M. Burt

Flow Measurement Options for Canal Turnouts

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Volumetric record-keeping, billing, and allocations at irrigation district delivery points (turnouts) are the norm, rather than the exception for most California irrigation districts. However, many older districts are just beginning these efforts, and other districts are trying to improve existing hardware and procedures. Volumetric accounting with high accuracy and a reasonable price presents unique engineering challenges for irrigation districts because of the variety of existing structures and configurations at irrigation delivery points. Because it is likely that irrigation districts will attempt to utilize existing devices, or slightly modify them, there is a need for standardized installation and/or calibration. This paper discusses three efforts to adapt, improve, and/or calibrate existing technologies for flow rate and volumetric metering of canal turnouts.


Feist, K. and C.M. Burt. 2014. Flow Measurement Options for Canal Turnouts. Presented at USCID Water Management Conference. Denver, Colorado. December 2-5, 2014. United States Committee on Irrigation and Drainage. 17 pp.

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