Performance of water delivery system at tertiary canal level: a case study of the Menemen Left Bank Irrigation System, Gediz Basin, Turkey

UNAL H. B. , ASIK S. , AVCI M. S. , YASAR S., Akkuzu E.

AGRICULTURAL WATER MANAGEMENT, vol.65, no.3, pp.155-171, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 65 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.agwat.2003.10.002
  • Page Numbers: pp.155-171
  • Keywords: water delivery performance, irrigation water delivery, open canal system, Gediz Basin


This study examines water delivery performance of the Menemen Left Bank Irrigation System, which is the lower section of the Lower Gediz irrigation system, in the west of Turkey. Performance was evaluated at tertiary canal level, using the adequacy, efficiency, dependability and equity indicators. These indicators were calculated for the nine tertiaries for the 6-month irrigation seasons of 1999 and 2000, using measured water deliveries and calculated crop water requirements. The tertiaries were located in the head, middle and tail sections of the system. Electronic limnigraphs especially installed for this study at the head of each tertiary canal were used to measure discharge during each season.