Irrigation Projects Aimed at Saving Water Supply in Kansas

August 14, 2017 05:08 PM
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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Irrigation projects that aim to improve Kansas's diminishing underground water supply will be showcased across the state this month.

The Hutchinson News reports that the state's more than 15 Water Technology Farms will show farmers in western Kansas how to use less irrigation water on their crops.

One technology is a precision mobile drip irrigation system that aims to increase efficiency.

The first technology farms were implemented in 2016. They test the latest irrigation equipment on a large level.

Gov. Sam Brownback began working on a plan to preserve the state's water resources shortly after taking office. Irrigation wells are drawing water from the Ogallala Aquifer at a rate that could leave the aquifer 70% depleted by 2064.

More than 95% of that water is used for irrigation.

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Angel Bogart
San Francisco, CA
2/13/2019 05:30 PM

  It's good to know that using drip irrigation not only saves on water, especially in the case of Kansas where the underground water supply is getting depleted but also increases farming efficiency by using less water. This sounds very promising because deep wells are getting dried up due to global warming and this is one good largescale alternative. I find it really amazing that drip irrigation saves 95% water when watering crops! Fantastic!


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