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Irrigation - Water Use In Idaho

The below photos show how a water box can meet city zoning code from one side of a development and leave many homes in the path of flooding, mold problems, black flies, mosquitoes (West Nile Virus) and foul odors from stagnate water. The example here easily meet city zoning codes. However, the irrigation box is 14" below the ditch grade and the lowest home in the new subdivision is 24" below the ditch grade.

Water is bubbling 8 inches to 10 inches high and covering an area of 21,000 square feet in about twenty minutes.
Water is bubbling 8 inches to 10 inches high and covering an area of 21,000 square feet in about twenty minutes.
The area being flooded is located between two improperly designed and installed buried irrigation ditch systems.
The area being flooded is located between two improperly designed and installed buried irrigation ditch systems.
Water has been standing on this city property for four months. This is a safety concern for all neighbors within a  mile radius.
Water has been standing on this city property for four months. This is a safety concern for all neighbors within a mile radius.

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Volume of Water for Ditches

1 miner inch = 9.0513886 gallons of water per minute
98 miner inches of water = 887.036 gallons of water per minute
98 miner inches of water X 24 hours = 1,277,331.9 gallons of water per day

The average lawn uses 7200 gallons of water per week,
31,176 gallons of water per month, and 218,232 gallons of water per season.


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