NID looking at dry year |

NID looking at dry year

The Nevada Irrigation District will not sell surplus water this year to purchasers outside district boundaries. The unanimous decision by the NID Board of Directors is the first step in dealing with a dry year water supply that is expected to be only about 50 percent of average.

NID anticipates adequate water supplies within the district this year. An early end to the irrigation season remains possible if storage levels dip by late summer and early


In most years, NID is able to purchase supplemental water supplies from PG&E, but the firm has said no supplemental water will be available this year. The lack of water means that the South Sutter Water District, located west of NID, will not be able to purchase 20,000 acre-feet of water as it does most years.

“Mother Nature has not been generous this year,” said NID Water Operations Manager Don Wight, who noted this is the first year since the early 1990s that supplemental water has not been available.

The board’s decision includes a declaration that 1,300 acre-feet of surplus water could be made available to users in areas of land within NID’s exterior boundaries that have not been officially annexed into the district.

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