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Evaluation of methods for estimating ground-water withdrawals in western Kansas

Water-Resources Investigations Report 79-92

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Abstract

Individual users report ground-water withdrawals annually to the Kansas State Board of Agriculture. It is estimated that these values are 10 to 15 percent higher than actual values because most users do not possess the means for accurately determining discharge rates. Methods of estimating ground-water use in western Kansas that appear to offer the desired accuracy include (1) extrapolation from a sample of metered withdrawals, (2) calculation from precipitation and irrigated acreages of various crop types, and (3) calculation from a sample of power-coefficients. All three methods are being tested and compared with actual measured values. Newly developed electronic running-time and discharge-totaling meters are being tested that may give accurate values of total pumping time and discharge at small cost. (Kosco-USGS)

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Evaluation of methods for estimating ground-water withdrawals in western Kansas
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
79-92
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1979
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division,
Description:
iv, 70 p. :ill., map ;27 cm.