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ITRC Paper No. P 11-004. Alejandro Paolini

Modernization Processes for an Irrigation District - The Case of San Luis Canal Company

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The San Luis Canal Company (SLCC) has been working in conjunction with the Irrigation Training and Research Center (ITRC) on the modernization of the canal company’s facilities since 2004. SLCC is located in the Central Valley of California and diverts its water from the San Joaquin River at Sack Dam.
The modernization of the facilities has included considerable discussions with the company’s board members, canal ditch riders, company’s maintenance personnel, a consultant engineering firm and outside contractors. After some rapid appraisals were conducted the company, installed a new SCADA system, built a new central regulating reservoir, provided very good water level control at different key structures, installed flow control structures and remote monitoring sites of flows in and out of the company’s service area. All these changes intend to simplify the water delivery operation for operators and managers, provide more flexibility for the farmers, reduce the districts spills, and decrease the pumping costs. This paper will provide the basic strategies and guidelines for this on-going modernization process.



Paolini, A. 2011.  Modernization Processes for an Irrigation District - The Case of San Luis Canal Company. USCID.


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