Rain water harvesting and supplemental irrigation at Sinjar district in northwest Iraq

University dissertation from Luleå tekniska universitet

Abstract: Rainwater harvesting is one of the methods that can ensure availability of water for winter crop in Iraq. Using this technique the excess rainwater (runoff) is stored in reservoirs of dams of different sizes. The water from these reservoirs can be used later when required to satisfy the crops requirements. It is believed that rainwater harvesting will be one of the solutions to overcome water shortages problem in Iraq. This work deals with rainwater harvesting modeling on Sinjar District. The area of study is a plan area located on the northern and southern flank of Sinjar Mountain, within Nineveh province in northwest Iraq. The model was first applied on southern of Sinjar Mountain, where barley crop was chosen as one of the main crops grown in the area. Linear programming technique was adopted to optimize the irrigated area for irrigation scenario of supplemental irrigation (SI) 100% of full irrigation requirements. Two scenarios of operation were considered for each main basin. In the first, each reservoir was operated as a separate unit while in the second all reservoirs in a basin were operated as one system. Both scenarios gave encouraging results. Scenario two however, was relatively better. And then the model was applied again on the northern Sinjar Mountain area. Wheat crop was considered as the main crop grown in the area. A linear programming technique was adopted to optimize the irrigated area for three scenarios of irrigation. They were: 1/supplemental irrigation (SI) 100%, 2/deficit irrigation (DI) 50%, 3/deficit irrigation (DI) 25% of full irrigation requirements. The results of the three scenarios used indicated that, using deficit irrigation (DI) of 50% can be more beneficial than SI of 100% and DI of 25% of full irrigation requirements. These results reflect useful value of RWH and its influence to increase the irrigated area in the studied region. This study had been carried out at Lulea University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Lulea, Sweden. The present work structured in seven chapters, and can be pursued as follows: In chapter 1, Background of the rainwater harvesting, aims of study and research methodology are addressed. In chapter 2, Scope of description of Water Resources in Iraq, Numbers and facts about Iraq, Present water resources conditions in Iraq, Irrigation practices in Iraq, Main Rivers of Iraq, Dams on Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, The impact of Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) on water resources in Iraq, Environmental Consequences and Groundwater in Iraq are described. In chapter 3, Information review on rainwater harvesting and supplemental irrigation is presented. In chapter 4, Description of the study area of the Sinjar District, simulation models used in the study and a research methodology are presented. In chapter 5, The results are presented and discussed for southern and northern of Sinjar Mountain. In chapter 6, Summaries for future study: water harvesting and groundwater recharge, water harvesting and its role in increasing crop productivity and the impact of forecasting on water harvesting. In chapter 7, Summaries for the overall conclusions based on the results and then references of the study are listed. Extended of thesis 1-Water harvesting and reservoir optimization of selected areas south Sinjar Mountain, Iraq, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden. Nadhir Al-Ansari, Mohammad Ezz-Aldeen, Sven Knutsson, Saleh Zakaria Submitted to the Journal of Hydrological Engineering. 2- Rainwater harvesting and supplemental irrigation at northern Sinjar Mountain, Iraq, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden. Saleh Zakaria, Nadhir Al-Ansari, Sven Knutsson, Mohammad Ezz-Aldeen Journal of Purity, Utility Reaction and Environment, Vol. 1 No.3, May 2012, 121-141.

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