Irrigators in the Tri-Basin Natural Resources District counties of Gosper, Phelps and Kearney used an average of 7.88 inches of water per acre on their 2017 crops, according to a report at Tuesday’s Tri-Basin board meeting.
General Manager John Thorburn told the Hub, “2017 was really a pretty average year in terms of water use.”
He added that the average since 2005 has been 9.43 inches per acre.
Information collected from district irrigators included the types of irrigation systems used. Thorburn said that while there is about an equal number of pivot and gravity systems, approximately 75 percent of the total acres are pivot irrigated.
In a related matter, the board set a hearing for violators of the district’s groundwater management rules at 1 p.m. July 10, ahead of the regular meeting at the Tri-Basin office in Holdrege.