He feels your pain, but a sheriff in southeastern Nebraska says it’s his job to enforce the law. Gage County Sheriff Millard “Gus” Gustafson says he has heard from concerned citizens about a law designed to keep irrigation systems from spraying water on roadways.
Gustafson says as a farmer himself, he understands bad feelings about the state law but he intends to enforce it. The law requires a sprinkler irrigation system to be equipped with a device that automatically shuts off the end gun of the irrigation system causing the water to be diverted. Anyone who fails to comply could be convicted of a Class IV misdemeanor. The find is $100-$500 with no imprisonment.
The sheriff says he has a policy and procedure in place that will give direction to a deputy who responds to a complaint. He says it’s important that farmers realize that if damage has been caused by a mechanical malfunction of irrigation equipment more than two times in one calendar year, the penalty provided would apply.
He said he understand things can, and probably will, go wrong just by the nature of farm work; however, there is no excuse for not trying to limit exposure to liability in these days of constant lawsuits.