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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1970. Department of Agricultural Economics.


Copyright 1970, the author. Used by permission.


This study deals with the supplying of irrigation water to the user and involves (1) determining the supply cost of irrigation water, (2) determining which of three types of irrigation projects used in this study are the most efficient or in other words which project achieves the greatest output for a given input, and (3) developing a concept of irrigation water supply in relationship to the cost of supplying water.

For this study three irrigation projects were selected. All three are Bureau of Reclamation projects and were selected because they appear to be representative of irrigation projects in the state of Nebraska, because data was readily available for these projects and because each project is of a different type. The three selected were the Ainsworth Irrigation District on the Snake River in North Central Nebraska and two projects on the Middle Loup River in Central Nebraska – the Farwell Irrigation District and the Sargent Irrigation District.The latter two are operated by the Loup Basic Reclamation District.

Data was collected for each of these projects on construction costs, operation and maintenance costs and physical data. Costs were calculated on an annual basis with construction costs included as a part of total annual costs.The construction costs were amortized over 100 years—the economic life of the project.

Several conclusions came from this study among them, however, was the fact that economic efficiency could not be considered due to the lack of necessary data.

Advisor: Maurice Baker