Many agricultural lots in Ecuador, like mine, get their water from a "sei-key-ya" which are tiny canals that have been spliced off a nearby river.
But to actually get the water to your lot you have to go point by point down the sei-key-ya and redirect the water so it reaches your lot.
The annual fee to participate is minimal, like $20 a year, but you are required to participate in "mingas" which are "clean-ups" of the mini-canals.
Most folks then have resevoirs they fill then water their crops at their leisure.
You then have to close the "sei-key-ya" to your lot and let it flow through or you could flood your lot, like I already did once cause I forgot to close the sei-key-ya once my resevoir was full.
A pain, yes, a little bit. Glad I just leased the lot I´m farming until I learned this, much better to have your own direct water source like an on-site river or lake.
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