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Water Supply Information

Water Supply Update – September 19, 2018

 

September 18, 2018 Water Supply Update and Modified Operations

 

The district anticipates the Crooked River and Deschutes River flows will taper off beginning this week/weekend resulting in insufficient supplies to maintain the delivery system and the drawdown of Haystack Reservoir.  As a result of these diminished supplies on Tuesday, September 25 the district will temporarily shut down deliveries to all patrons.  Water Orders will be taken until Sunday Sept. 23 for delivery on Monday, September 24.

 

Minimal flows will remain in the delivery system to keep the system “primed” but with no deliveries.  On Tuesday, October 2 the district anticipates Haystack to be filling/full again, picking up the additional natural flow in the Deschutes River.  The district believes this action will allow for another week or more of irrigation beginning on or about Tuesday, October 2.  The district will begin taking water orders again on Monday, October 1 with anticipated deliveries on Tuesday, October 2.  The district wants to remind patrons that the above operations are subject to ongoing review of supply conditions.

 

The district can't emphasize enough that water only be used as necessary and not simply because water remains in a water users account.  The district also discourages marketing of water to other patrons who have used their allotment.  Everyone's cooperation is needed to extend the season.

 

Water Supply Update - September 12, 2018

Based on current conditions the Board continues to be cautiously optimistic the water season will run until the end of September, but is subject to ongoing water supply conditions.  The district is monitoring supplies closely and water users should also be monitoring conditions closely as well.

2018 Allotment & Water Turn On Date

The North Unit Irrigation District Board of Directors has reviewed the current weather and water supply conditions for the 2018 season. The Board has set the tentative water release date from the Bend Headworks and Haystack Reservoir for Monday, April 2.  District crews will begin priming the system on Tuesday, April 3 with water deliveries available in most areas of the District on Friday or Saturday.

 

The North Unit Irrigation District Board of Directors also set a tentative water allotment at 2.25 acre-feet per acre for Deschutes River water right lands, and 1.25 acre-feet per acre for Crooked River water right lands. The District will continue to monitor weather and water supply conditions to determine whether adjustments to the allotment are warranted.

 

In order to insure system priming is carried out in the most efficient manner please make sure that all wheel-lines, hand-lines, equipment, livestock fences and any other items are not on the canal easements.  The District is not responsible for damaged items that are left within the District’s easements.

 

Updated 2017 Allotment & Water Turn On Date

The North Unit Irrigation District Board of Directors held a special board meeting to discuss the water start date. After review of the current weather and water supply conditions the board has set a new tentative water start date. The new water release date from the Bend Headworks and Haystack Reservoir will be Monday, April 10 with water deliveries available in some areas of the district on Friday, April 14, 2017 and should be available to the whole project by Monday, April 17.

 

2017 Allotment & Water Turn On Date

The North Unit Irrigation District Board of Directors has reviewed the current weather and water supply conditions for the 2017 season. The board has set the tentative water release date from the Bend Headworks for Monday, April 3 and Haystack Reservoir for Wednesday, April 5. District crews will start priming the canals on April 6 with water deliveries available in some areas of the district on Friday, April 7.

 

The North Unit Irrigation District Board of Directors also set a tentative water allotment at 2.50 acre-feet per acre for Deschutes River water right lands, and 1.50 acre-feet per acre for Crooked River water right lands. The district will continue to monitor weather and water supply conditions to determine whether adjustments to the allotment are warranted.

 

Albany Democrat Herald - Better snowpack, but drought concerns linger in Oregon - April 3, 2016

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Irrigation season is underway in central Oregon, and while the state's snowpack is better than it was last year, the effects of last year's drought linger. read more...

 

Madras Pioneer - Farm water availability uncertain - February 10, 2016

The seats were packed, and anxious farmers lined the walls at the Central Oregon Farm Fair Feb. 3, to hear reports on the availability of irrigation water for the coming season. read more...


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