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ITRC Paper No. P 14-001.  Charles M. Burt

Irrigation System Regulating (Buffer) Reservoirs

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Regulating reservoirs (also known as "balancing" or "buffer" reservoirs) are very commonly used in western US irrigation district modernization projects with canal systems. Some districts have a dozen or more reservoirs within total service areas of 20,000 – 40,000 ha. This paper presents details of sizing and control of flows into and out of the reservoirs.


Burt, C.M. 2014. Irrigation System Regulating (Buffer) Reservoirs. International Committee for Irrigation and Drainage Conference. Marden, Turkey. October 2013. 7 pp.

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