Tuesday, February 3, 2009

That's My World for Tuesday, February 3, 2009 desert irrigation

Our water, both for irrigating and drinking, comes from two sources: a great underground aquafer AND Colorado River water. The local water district has to drill down about 1,500 feet to get to the underground water, which comes from the snow of our local mountains. Farmers use the river water, which comes here via a canal. It is pumped over and under mountains from the river to our valley. My cousin's wife's family lived down in Thermal and have a 40 acre ranch. They used to grow alfalfa. I drove by the ranch last Friday and saw that the fields are now neatly plowed and planted for something else. I'm not sure what it is, but I'll keep an eye on it! Farmers down in Thermal have these great big water pumps and when I stopped by, I could hear water gurgling in it before going out to the fields. Here's a view of My World for Tuesday, February 3, 2009. For more worldly photos, please visit: http://showyourworld.blogspot.com/


Louise said...

Very interesting. Water in the desert is always amazing to me.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

That's alot of drilling, but then it looks so dry there, interesting post.

2sweetnsaxy said...

It's interesting that water is still to be found so far below the surface. Desert life. I couldn't do it. Just too hot for me.

Lawstude said...

definitely new to me. it is a good thing that there is enough water for the desert.

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