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The volume of water, 43,560 cubic feet, that will cover an area of one acre to a depth of one foot.


n, pl -feet
(Units) the volume of water that would cover an area of 1 acre to a depth of 1 foot: equivalent to 43 560 cubic feet or 1233.5 cubic metres


a unit of volume of water in irrigation: the amount covering one acre to a depth of one foot, equal to 43,560 cubic feet (1233 cubic meters).
[1900–05, Amer.]
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Noun1.acre-foot - the volume of water that would cover 1 acre to a depth of 1 footacre-foot - the volume of water that would cover 1 acre to a depth of 1 foot; 43,560 cubic feet or 1233.5 cubic meters
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Metropolitan also would contribute $20 for every acre-foot of special surplus water made available to the district to help fund the Salton Sea restoration effort.
A 21,600-home mini-city planned west of Santa Clarita, Newhall Ranch relies on a portion of a 41,000 acre-foot water transfer from Kern County obtained by the Castaic Lake Water Agency as part of the Monterey Agreement.
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We can produce local groundwater and treat it for less than $300 an acre-foot if we have somewhere to dispose of the salts,'' Hajas said.
One acre-foot of water is 325,900 gallons, or enough to sustain two families for a year.
Substantial financial flexibility remains, however, both in the ability to raise water rates (water rates are expected to rise from $150 per acre-foot to $213 by fiscal 2010) and via the district's property tax levy, which remains well below its levy cap.
An acre-foot - about 325,851 gallons - is enough for a typical Antelope Valley home for a year.
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As a result, officials said, the DWP will have to purchase the lost water from the Metropolitan Water District, which charges about $235 an acre-foot.
One acre-foot is the amount of water required to cover one acre of land one foot deep - or 325,851 gallons.
The 500,000 acre-foot planning buffer is split equally between local and imported sources.
An acre-foot is about 326,000 gallons of water and is enough to serve the needs of two families for one year.