Volumetric water control in a large-scale open canal irrigation system with many smallholders: The case of Chancay-Lambayeque in Peru

J.M.C. Vos, L.F. Vincent

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Abstract

Volumetric water control (VWC) is widely seen as a means to increase productivity through flexible scheduling and user incentives to apply just enough water. However, the technical and social requirements for VWC are poorly understood. Also, many experts assert that VWC in large-scale open canals with many smallholders is not feasible. This article debates the practice of VWC, drawing on field studies in the arid North Coast of Peru. Here the large-scale Chancay-Lambayeque irrigation system achieved high allocation, distribution and financial performance with on demand delivery to some 22,000 smallholdings, under a VWC approach, with full cost recovery for operation and maintenance. This study shows there are options to promote VWC if its different elements – volumetric allocation, distribution, metering and pricing – are planned together
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)705-714
JournalAgricultural Water Management
Volume98
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • technology

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