Ponds leak more than assumed
Study documents losses greater than state allows
Most ponds used by farmers to feed sprinkler systems are losing more than 20 percent of the water stored in them because of leakage.
A preliminary written report was released this week detailing the findings of the study, being conducted by Agritech Consulting and Valley Ag Consulting for the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District.
The study is being conducted in hopes of altering a state formula that assumes only 3 percent loss.
At a meeting earlier this month, the district reported that farmers in the study already are able to claim greater leakage, but officials held out little hope the assumptions of the state formula could be changed.