: the volume (as of irrigation water) that would cover one acre to a depth of one foot

Examples of acre-foot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile to the north, in Mohave County, Greenstone’s competitor Water Asset Management holds more than 2,400 acres, and access to nearly 16,000 acre-feet of water, per public records from the county. Maanvi Singh, WIRED, 20 Apr. 2024 Well owners also will be required to pay the state $300 per well plus a pumping fee of $20 per acre-foot, a measure intended to cover costs related to the state’s intervention. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2024 Idaho has over 13 million acre-feet of water in reservoirs, much of which comes from snowmelt in the mountains. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 9 Apr. 2024 An acre-foot is enough water to serve two to three U.S. households for a year. Associated Press, Quartz, 8 Feb. 2024 The state estimated that implementing its conservation regulations would generate about 440,000 acre-feet of annual water savings, or 8.5% of total urban water use. Cynthia Koehler, The Mercury News, 3 Apr. 2024 With more than 30 million acre-feet of water in storage, the state’s reservoirs are at 116% of their historical average. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2024 The 40,000 acre-feet of water — equivalent to 13 billion gallons — captured since Jan. 1 is far more than the usual amount captured. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Mar. 2024 According to city documents, the South and Northwest campuses will have groundwater rights to about 4,000 acre-feet, which will be accessible from wells. Corina Vanek, The Arizona Republic, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of acre-foot was in 1889

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“Acre-foot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acre-foot. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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: the volume (as of irrigation water) that would cover one acre to a depth of one foot

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