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Acre foot of water refers to a volume of water that will cover an area of one acre to the depth of one foot.
The following is a federal law that provides a statutory framework regarding acre foot of water :
In addition to the construction charge, every water-right applicant, entry man, or landowner under or upon a reclamation project shall also pay, whenever water service is available for the irrigation of his land, an operation and maintenance charge based upon the total cost of operation and maintenance of the project, or each separate unit thereof, and such charge shall be made for each acre-foot of water delivered; but each acre of irrigable land, whether irrigated or not, shall be charged with a minimum operation and maintenance charge based upon the charge for delivery or not less than one acre-foot of water. [43 USCS § 492].