Snowpack, water content well above average as snowmelt begins according to Nevada Irrigation District
Water content in snowpack remains well above average, boding well for Nevada Irrigation District water storage, according to the results of the district’s May snow survey.
As of May 1, the average water content for NID’s five mountain courses was 41.1 inches, according to a release. That was 149% of average for the year. Precipitation at Bowman Lake was 74.11 inches, 114% of average.
“Although there was quite of bit of snow melt and runoff in April, the water content in the snow is still well above average and the high water levels in local rivers will continue,” said Sue Sindt, NID’s water resources superintendent.
The conditions are good news for NID’s water storage facilities.
“Currently all lower elevation reservoirs are full and with the amount of runoff expected from the snowpack the higher elevation reservoirs should all fill and stay near full into June,” Sindt said.
NID reservoir storage was 234,000 acre-feet as of May 1. That is 87% of capacity and 98% of average.
The district collects water on 70,000 acres of high mountain watershed. Water from the mountain snowmelt flows into six reservoirs in NID’s mountain division and is transported to three additional foothill reservoirs and ultimately to district customers through an extensive water transmission system. NID depends on more than 400 miles of canals and another 300 miles of pipeline to transport water to customers.
Source: Nevada Irrigation District
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