NID limits sale of irrigation water
The Nevada Irrigation District has suspended sales of fall season irrigation water in order to preserve more water in storage as a cushion against continued drought.
Drought and water supply updates were presented as part of Wednesday’s meeting of the NID Board of Directors.
The NID summer irrigation season closed on schedule Oct. 14, said Water Operations Manager Chip Close. In most years, the district offers fall sales, but this is dependent upon water storage and availability. When available, fall water can be made available to customers who, depending on weather, may need irrigation water and stock water during the six weeks from Oct. 15 to Dec. 1.
Close said that no fall sales are being offered this year, but the district remains hopeful that fall rains continue to move in and help the region.
Customers with concerns about service are encouraged to contact the district.
Winter water supplies are being made available this year, but only to customers who purchased winter water last year and in amounts no larger than supplied last year.
Close said the supply limitations are being implemented as the district works to preserve adequate water storage while complying with temporary state regulations that limit the district’s ability to divert water into its reservoirs.
General Manager Rem Scherzinger said NID is moving into the 2014-15 rainfall season with more water in storage than was anticipated earlier this year.
He credited district staff for doing “a fantastic job” and the community for stepping up and saving water during the continuing drought.
NID is currently holding about 140,000 acre-feet of water in storage. District officials were concerned earlier this year that storage may dip as low as 110,000 acre-feet.
The district operates 10 reservoirs with a water storage capacity of 280,380 acre-feet. One acre-foot of water equals one acre of land covered one foot deep.
NID customers who receive piped, treated water are not affected by the water sale limitations but are encouraged to continue reducing water use by 20 percent until the drought is over.
For water conservation information, see http://www.nidwater.com. For more information, call NID at (530) 273-6185.
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