DIARY ENTRY FOR 5 June, 2010
One of the things everybody needs when living on a country acreage is water. From a well, a stream, a lake, it has to come from somewhere. I am blessed with two supplies of water - an abundant well and an irrigation canal that flows past my property line. The canal is for agricultural irrigation, and licenses can be bought to withdraw (limited) amounts. Last year I bought a license, though it turned out be rainy enough not to need it at all.
This year it's also raining plenty, but what is different are the new trees. My wife planted a hedgerow of caragana shrubs which, in a few years, will act as a natural snow-fence. The extra snow drifting from the north will deposit more moisture on many acres of our fields, when it melts in spring.
I didn't expect this part! Usually, the canal is filled at the beginning of May, and full until October. For some reason, the operators of the canal are running it 1/2 flow. I previously set up my intake 6" under the water level, but here it is, high and dry. Well, it has been a rainy week, so I don't even need to water the trees. The same conditions must apply to all the farmers in the area. From this I decuce that the canal utility decided they don't need to run as much water in the canal for a time. Sounds reasonable, but I hope it's not permanent. Yesterday I checked again and it's still low. I extended the filter and re-stacked the rocks to support it, so this should be less of a problem.