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Last night at the Board of Directors meeting, BVID has agreed to provide temporary service to customers served from Collins Lake next weekend. The water will be on Saturday, April 4, 2015 and Sunday April 5, 2015 to help provide relief from the prolonged warm and dry conditions. After this initial supply, BVID expects to remain off for a couple weeks to help conserve what is already expected to be a reduced season.
Today Collins Lake is at 57% of capacity (28,190 acre feet), which falls short of our 2014 deliveries. That is in contrast to the 73% (35,900 acre feet) we began with last year. Not only will we see somewhat of a shortage, it also makes saving any carryover water for 2016 very difficult.
At each Board meeting, BVID will assess the conditions to help determine when best to begin the regular irrigation season in respect to the shortage. As always, we appreciate all your efforts toward conservation as well as your understanding through this extraordinary drought
At the March 12, 2015 Browns Valley Irrigation District Board of Directors meeting, the Board adopted a resolution which declared a continued water emergency for 2015. This resolution accompanies the drought ordinance which went into effect in March 2014:
Link to Drought Ordinance
The good news in there will be a 2015 irrigation season. However, Collins Lake is currently 1,200 acre feet (or about 2 feet of lake elevation) short of what is needed for a "normal" full irrigation season. There may be some shortages throughout the season if we do not receive any more rain.
At this time no specific date has been set to begin the 2015 irrigation season as it is generally weather driven. However, the Board of Directors will discuss this topic at the next scheduled Board meeting on March 26, 2015 at 5:00 PM.
At Thursday night’s Board meeting, the Board confirmed staff’s recommendation to end the irrigation season on Friday, October 24th. We have very little water left in Collins Lake and hope to have a wet enough winter to fill the Lake during the off season.
Thanks to all of you for helping to stretch these supplies during this Drought.
The District expects to shut the water off Friday, October 24, thus ending the 2014 irrigation season and is pending Board approval at the October 23rd Board meeting. Please take the time now to prepare for the offseason while the water is still on.
BVID extends a heartfelt thank you to all District customers for the efforts made to conserve water. Your efforts have made it possible to have a full irrigation season.
As we are getting closer to the end of the irrigation season, BVID cannot thank you enough for your efforts toward conserving water. Because of you, we are still on track to deliver a full season of irrigation water into at least the beginning of November. Keep up the good work in making every drop count.
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.