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Well, at last the weather has cooled and the rains are coming. The irrigation season is ending as I type this email. Releases from Collins Lake have been shut off (as of this morning) and are expected to remain off as long as the weather remains cool and (hopefully) damp.
The forecast for rain is at 90% for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Thanks for using water wisely!
This week the temperatures are not expected to cool off as much as originally indicated in last week’s forecast. Therefore, the District will continue to deliver water at least until Monday, November 18th when we expect the temperatures to cool off into the 60’s. Please check the website again for more updates. The next update will either be the afternoon of Friday, November 15th, or the morning of Monday, November 18th. In the meantime, please make sure water tanks and other storage devises are filled and prepared for when the water is shutoff. At this late date, there may not be much notice before we shut the water off. Thank you.
The weather forecast for next week changed and it looks like the rain we were expecting has dissipated. Despite the change in forecast, the District will continue with its plan to shut off the water in the afternoon of Tuesday, November 9th. The reason for shutting off the water without rain is that right now Collins lake is at 26 percent of usable capacity (46 feet below spill), and the District has to plan for a possible dry winter that will result in limited water supply for next year’s irrigation season.
Another reason for shutting off the water is that daily temperatures have cooled to the low 70s and are expected to continue trending downward. These cooler temperatures have already caused most plants to go dormant and no longer need much water.
With all that said, if there is no rain in the next couple of weeks, the District will likely release a shot of water as has been the case in past years. Thank you and we will keep you posted on any changes.
It has been a very long and dry water season but it appears that winter will soon be upon us and with it comes the end to the 2013 irrigation season.
Assuming that the forecasts hold up, BVID expects to end the irrigation season on the morning of November 12, 2013. Between now and then is the time to fill whatever storage devices that you feel that you may need to hold you over between rain storms.
With any luck and a bit of rain, we can hopefully fill Collins Lake for the 2014 irrigation season.
As of right now, there is no scheduled ending date for the irrigation season. The weather has remained nice and sunny with little rain in the forecast. Daily temperatures mixed with an occasional north wind make it necessary to keep the water on to avoid pastures, gardens, landscaping, and livestock from drying out. We will continue to monitor the weather forecasts and apprise you via website of any irrigation season news. Thank you.
We had a break in one of our major pipelines. This break resulted in the turning off of a large portion of the District, mainly affecting people that live South of Loma Rica Road and West of Peoria Road. This pipeline has been repaired and it is currently filling. Everyone should have normal service by tomorrow morning, May 23. Sorry for the inconvenience.
The Board meeting schedule for May 2013 will be adjusted to the following dates:
The May 9th Regular Board Meeting has been rescheduled to May 16th, and the May 23rd Regular Board Meeting has been rescheduled to May 30th.
With the continuing dry weather and a full water supply, (Collins Lake is full), we have again turned on the irrigation system. While some of you are already seeing water at your services, the delivery system is not yet completely charged (it is at least a 3-4 day process). If you do not have water by Thursday, please give the office a call and we will respond.
The caveat here is that the delivery system may, or may not be on for the full irrigation season. As you know, the irrigation deliveries are weather driven and if the rains should decide to return, the system will again be shut down (until it dries out yet again).
Just wanted to give you a heads-up that due to the dry weather, we have started water in the District. Consider this a shot of water and not on full time for the irrigation season. We expect to shut the system back off at the end of the week as the weather next week looks cooler and damp. Please note that the delivery system takes a few days to fill so you may not see water until Wednesday morning. If you do not have water by that time, please give us a call.
Please see the tables below for the 2013 Irrigation Rates, which were set at the Board Meeting on February 14. Please note that bills will be mailed out on March first.
|Units||Water Only||Admin Charge||2013 Rate*^||Payment Option**|
*Standard Rate: $88.40 per unit plus $162.00 Admin Service Charge
^Subtract $8.00 from each admin charge if payment made in full before the end of April.
*** Three bi monthly payments due in April, June, and August.
|Units||Water Only||Redhill E. Assess||Admin Charge||2013 Rate*||Payment Option**|
*Subtract $8.00 from each admin charge if payment made in full before May 1, 2013.
** Three bi monthly payments due in April, June, and August.
|Units||Water Only||Infrastructure Charge||Admin Service Charge||2013 Rate*^|
*Out of District unit water users must pay their water toll in full by April 30th in order to receive water.
^ No Prepayment Discount Available.
|In District||$15.60 per acre foot, plus $162 Admin Service Charge*|
|Out of District||$22.00 per acre foot, plus $162 Admin Service Charge|
|Out of District Infrastructure Charge||$118.00|
* There is a $8.00 discount for payment before April 30th
Since the District has received in excess of 1.4” of rain since Sunday night, we have shut down the delivery system. The system will remain off unless we experience an extended warm and dry period. If the system is turned back on this winter, it will be only for short periods of time and we will provide advance notice to you.
Thanks for the great water year.
This morning we are shutting the water off hopefully for the season. Weather condition may dictate shots of water later.
The water is still on. Right now there is no projected date to end water deliveries for the 2012 Irrigation Season. Irrigation season start and stop dates are weather driven so vary from year to year. At this point we don’t have enough information to predict when the season will end and water deliveries stopped. However, once a projected stopping date is determined, it will be posted here. Please call the District office with any unanswered questions you have concerning the end of the irrigation season.
On September 13, 1960, BVID residents were asked to cast their vote concerning the Virginia Ranch Dam Project (VRD) and to approve or reject entering into an agreement with the US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) set forth in
CONTRACT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND BROWNS VALLEY IRRIGATION DISTRICT FOR A LOAN FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SMALL RECLAMATION PROJECT(USBR 1960, Title Page). Entering into the 50 year $5,000,000 loan agreement was approved by a vote of 238 to 8. Studies conducted, prior to the public vote, considered the VRD project feasible based on property tax values, available water tolls and income from generation of electricity by Yuba River water made available by the VRD project. This was essentially a zero interest loan.
On September 20, 1960 the contract was signed that remains in effect until the final payment is made on August 1, 2012. The effective date of the repayment portion of the contract was set with the official completion of the project.
Per the contract, loan proceeds were made available for
construction of VRD and Reservoir (now named Collins Lake), a tunnel, new canals, a pumping plant and rehabilitation and enlargement of existing canals primarily for the purpose of delivering water for irrigation to lands within the District and incidentally for municipal water supply therein and for making water available for generation of power.(USBR 1960, 2)...
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Even though we are still rather damp from the recent rains, with the current warm and forecast very warm weather, BVID will be turning on the delivery system on Saturday, April 21st. That said, if rains return to the area, the irrigation system may be shut off until we again dry out and warm up.
Please water wisely. Every Drop is Precious!
This year's prices have increased from last year (4%). This increase was necessary due to increases in District expenses ranging from energy (both PG&E and fuel) to insurance and supplies.
The 2012 rates are as follows:
Administration Charge - $156.00
Unit Rate - $88.40
Redhill East Maintenance Assessment - $109.00
Acre-foot - $15.60
Out of District
Administration Charge - $156.00
Unit Rate - $190.00
In-Lieu Tax Charge - $118.00
Acre-foot - $21.63
A 5% discount will be given for pre-payment in full by April 30th
Now that the 2012 water rates are set, bills for the irrigation season will be prepared and mailed to our current customers. We expected to have all the bills in the mail by the 1st of April.
If you have any questions please call the office at 530-743-5703
See the three links below for information about the 2012 Water Rates Study.
At last night’s Board meeting, the Board decided to provide a second shot of water to the Collins Lake service area this weekend. The water will be on Saturday and Sunday (January 7th & 8th) and will be turned off Sunday evening. Please take advantage of this opportunity to fill you water storage devices (tanks and ponds) while the water is on. Please note that there are no plans in place for another shot of water prior to the beginning of the irrigation season later this spring.
With the extremely dry winter we are experiencing, the District released a shot of water into the District in early December. That shot of water took 6” of Lake elevation (450 Acre Feet) out of Collins Lake. If the winter remains dry, we may wish that we had that bit of water come August when temperatures are soaring towards 100 degrees.
So what to do? For now, the District will not be turning on the delivery system for another “shot” of water, but the Board will be considering the issue at the January 12th Board meeting (assuming that it has not started raining). In the mean time, if you are desperate for water, be it for animals or irrigation and you have a place to store the water via tanks or ponds, we have a short list of contractors that are willing to haul (for a fee) water to you. Please contact the District Office for contact information.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
We are thankful for the rain that has fallen in the last few days. It has caused ditches and pipelines within the District to fill with water. As a result, some people may be getting water from their service while others do not. Be assured that all of this water is runoff from the much needed precipitation and is not the result of releases from Collins Lake.
With consistent rain, water will pool in the ditches or flow as if it is being released from Collins Lake. In the winter, ditches are set up in a way that helps prevent flooding, while still providing the added benefit of capturing some water that may be used by our customers.
If you are experiencing loss in pressure or flow, before requesting a service call, please check any filters you may have installed on your system. A significant number of service calls are the result of plugged filters on personal irrigations sytems. BVID is not responsible for cleaning out personal filters & irrigation systems, however, if you feel that your service box is plugged or the BVID piping is blocked please give us a call at (530) 742-6044.