Leaky ponds saving farmers money

Outlet: The Pueblo Chieftain

July 21, 2013

ROCKY FORD — A study of leakage in ponds that feed field irrigation systems already is saving some farmers thousands of dollars in water cost. But a state formula that assumes only 3 percent of the water leaks won’t be changed until the study results are final — and maybe not even then. The formula is used under Rule 10 of the state engineer’s 2010 consumptive use rules to prevent expansion of water rights under surface irrigation rules.