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Re: Google earth and water pivots out west
« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2012, 04:50:26 PM »
In our area in Illinois I think every field has one. Our water table is very close to the surface tho for our house we have a sand point well in our basement. I don't believe there are many restrictions here on the water use tho. Most run theirs from May on and never turn them off.

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Re: Google earth and water pivots out west
« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2012, 06:36:21 PM »
What happens if you use to much water in a season? Fines out the wazoo?

Fines the first season, don't lose the water rights until they consider you a "habitual abuser."  Something new that they are trying is to stretch it over a three year period, and give you X inches of rain over that 3 year period, that way if you get 1 year of really wet, then the next is dry, you can take what you saved in the first year and pump extra in the second.  Interesting to note, that if you underpump by a certain percentage for a number of years they will actually reduce the number of gallons that you can pump from there on out, so even in really wet years, most wells still run to make sure they are not discounted in future years.  Something the 3 year average rule is supposed to take care of.

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Re: Google earth and water pivots out west
« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2012, 06:55:24 PM »
we used to have a desalt plant at our water plant that serves a lot of five acre parcels for drinking water only.  brine waste and maintenance were huge issues so we quit. 

no one drinks the water.  tds is really high 1500 so we have to replace things all the time.

even returning brine waste to the ocean is a problem and must be vigorously mixed as it doesn't contain oxygen and sinks and can harm aquatic life, again if not mixed during it's return.  people are obviously studying this technology, but it requires lots of energy and expensive membranes which must be maintained carefully.  there is a lot to go wrong.

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Re: Google earth and water pivots out west
« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2012, 09:28:36 PM »
Actually my pivot runs at .65 of an inch and covers that in about 21 hours. When its hot I run it fast enough to cover everything in 11 hours to put it down at night and have less of a chance ov evaporation or cooking the leaves. So yes it is a matter of hours compaired to days to flood irrigate. the real money is made when they red tag wells that aren't augmented. They charge around 60 or 70 grand to set it up and if you don't set one up and run the state fines you 10 grand a day you run illegally. Water is bigger business than land here.

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Re: Google earth and water pivots out west
« Reply #19 on: July 15, 2012, 07:33:05 AM »
I know that the city of Oakley Ks.......when the city pumps alot of water......in the summer time.......actually kills the water volume of about 5 surrounding pivots. One guy purchased one of these pivots without realizing this and it damn near broke him. So there is a water war so to speak. On my pivot I am currently at 65% of my alloted water rights. When 365 comes around on my meter it is over for the year.
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