Irrigation water in Carbon County is a limiting resource. Due to the poor quality of almost all groundwater in the county and low annual precipitation, livestock, culinary and crop production water are dependent on excess precipitation, particularly snow, from higher elevations. The primary claim on water in the Price River Drainage is for agricultural purposes. During years when snowpack is average or above there is sufficient water to meet the needs of all water users in the County. When snowpack is significantly below average accumulations water users need to be more conservation minded.
For homeowners this may mean making sure water for lawns and gardens is rationed or at least the delivery systems are properly maintained and operated. Homeowners should have an irrigation system audit done on a regular basis. Click here for a link to an Excel spreadsheet that will do the mathematical calculations for a sprinkler system check. If you have an older version of Excel click here. For more information about sprinkler system audits contact your local County Extension Office.
For businesses this may mean a rationing of water or implementing water conservation practices. It is critical for all residents to use water efficiently and effectively.
For agriculture producers this may mean installing more efficient irrigation systems and/or running the systems more efficiently.
This first link is to an Irrigation Field Guide developed by Carbon County Extension Agent, Ron Patterson, to help irrigators keep records of irrigation and field practices. This information was originally designed to be carried in a pocket so as to be handy for record keeping and informational purposes. For information on how to obtain the pocket-sized version contact the Carbon County Extension Office at 435-636-3233.
This second link is to an Irrigation Scheduling Program developed by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to help crop irrigators determine the best average time to irrigate specific crops in a given geographic area. The irrigation scheduling program, used in conjunction with the irrigation field guide, can help producers avoid wasting water and improve profitability of their operation.