Saturday, January 10, 2015
Chilefarms, Nogales, Chile
The excavators have spent the past six days enlarging the major farm reservoir (tranque). By Saturday morning, their work is complete.
Tomorrow, water held in reservoirs in Los Andes to the north will be released into the Aconcagua River. As the river meanders through this valley, it will flow into a myriad of smaller canals throughout the valley providing farms with water to irrigate their crops. The water release is a weekly event, begins Sunday and continues for between 24 and 36 hours.
Ricardo says he pays an annual fee to the local water agency to access water as one of these canals passes through Chilefarms.
Saturday night, Susaan surveys the new reservoir (tranque). Tomorrow is a major test of the new reservoir and the newly constructed gateway into it (visible in the reservoir bank at right of photo above).
Photos by Paul A. Tamburello, Jr.