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  • 1) Controls irrigation system to convey water to farms in assigned area, according to rights, or as instructed by WATER CONTROL SUPERVISOR or other officials, for irrigating fields and crops: Contacts water users to determine quantity of water needed, and time and duration of delivery.

  • 2) Computes and requisitions quantity of water required.

  • 3) Operates gates, checks, turnouts, and wasteways to regulate waterflow into canals and laterals.

  • 4) Measures or estimates diversions of water from canals and to water users, and calculates and records quantities delivered for use in computing charges to farmers.

  • 5) Patrols assigned area by foot, horseback, or motor vehicle to detect leaks, breaks, weak areas, or obstructions and damage to irrigation system.

  • 6) Removes debris and makes emergency repairs to banks, structures, gates, and canal roads.

  • 7) Fills holes and exterminates rodents.

  • 8) Writes reports and records daily deliveries, number of users, amount of water used, and other data required by law or company.

  • 9) May prepare reports on condition of system and equipment, and replacements or repairs needed.

  • 10) May supervise crew workers cleaning ditches, raising ditch banks, repairing concrete and wooden structures, erecting fences and gates, and other maintenance work after irrigating season has passed.

  • 11) May take annual crop census and make weed and other surveys.

  • 12) May patrol canal at night to determine that water is flowing in prescribed volume into users' ditches.


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