Flood irrigation was not something I had a clue about when I moved to the Phoenix area from Nebraska in 1987. Even when it was explained to me, I had difficulty understanding. It just didn’t make sense why anyone would use flood irrigation. The beauty of my 20’s. I would love to go back ONLY if I could take the brain I have now with me!
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Prior to Moving to Arizona, I was Flood Irrigation Ignorant!
I also didn’t know anything about AZ horse property when I moved here in the 80’s. I remember looking around at not only AZ horse property but single family homes in Phoenix and seeing two inches of water in every yard. I thought it had rained really hard, I didn’t realize this is how Arizona water is distributed for homeowners to water large areas of ground. I thought it must have rained really hard and they had flooding. I had never even heard the term, flood irrigation. I didn’t understand why Arizona water didn’t soak in faster either! I had so many questions. I lived in a small house on a big lot and I had a little dog. I thought it would be a great idea to water my yard with flood irrigation and then they said I might have to get up at 3:00 AM and water my lawn…that ended my flood irrigation ventures. So if this scares you, read on and I will explain everything you will want to know about flood irrigation and Arizona water…as associated with AZ horse property.
Fast forward 25 years and now I get it. So don’t feel bad if you are my age or even older and you still know nothing about flood irrigation and AZ horse property in and around the Phoenix area. Flood irrigation is fairly unique to the Phoenix area and was setup and designed originally by the Indians. We still use their very ditches today to deliver the water to AZ horse property throughout the Valley.
Flood irrigation is very simple.
Arizona desert and water is precious. Arizona water is expensive if you want to water a large area of ground and grow grass and if you don’t water, you won’t have grass, you will have dirt and dust. Not all homes are equipped with flood irrigation. Many have desert landscape. Much of the Phoenix Valley was farmed in the 1950’s and earlier. Though there are still farms today, they are being gobbled up by developers. Flood irrigation was an inexpensive way to water farmland. Phoenix also has a lot of citrus groves that have been developed and they too are flood irrigation.
How Does a Home Owner Order Flood Irrigation?
The city has various providers of flood irrigation. SRP provides water to parts of the Valley and Roosevelt Water District provides flood irrigation in the East Valley. There are also various providers that are private companies. Some of the private companies are in alignment as far as price goes and some are very high so it is imperative that you check to make sure you know how much it will cost you to water each month.
In the summer months you will most likely flood your property twice monthly. You sign up for water in advance and then your provider will give you a time when your water will come. Your property will have a port if you have flood irrigation. Some are under ground and some are in ditches behind or sometimes in front of your property. Water only flows in these ditches during the time of irrigation and the rest of the time they are empty.
Where do I sign up for flood irrigation?
Depending on what provider you have for your irrigation, you could sign up online or you could sign up at a board in your neighborhood. There is usually a free standing board with paper in it and you go and sign your name on it and how much irrigation your want to receive. If you don’t know, ask your neighbors how much they get. Most properties with a home get anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half for a one acre parcel. This varies of course based on how much of your land is occupied by your home and other buildings, pools, parking, etc.