Farmers Irrigation District strives to promote ecologically, socially, and economically
sustainable agriculture by providing energy and irrigation service for the common good
Water Supply Update: Throughout the winter and spring, Hood River Basin precipitation and snowpack have been below average, resulting in streamflows well below normal levels. FID is seeing lower flows into their diversions and has already begun drawing water from the reservoirs. Given forecasts through the summer, FID expects the water supply to continue to be below normal and anticipates supply challenges by the end of the season. Please be conservative with your water use as we move into the summer season.
System Notification: The irrigation system has been charged. If you are not receiving water, check that your filter is clean and your valve is open. If you are still not receiving water, call the office and leave a message.
Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) allows the Hood River Basin irrigation season to begin April 15th and end September 30th. FID is not allowed to deliver water for irrigation purposes outside of that date range. In early April, District irrigation crews assess moisture levels throughout the District to estimate when specific area soils and crops will most likely require water. The irrigation system is then charged accordingly, and in response to grower demand.
In order to make best use of your dollars and our valley's water supply, know your crop/plants and watch the weather. Over-watering, especially during spring, can be as damaging as under-watering. Every bit of water saved helps our community. Please make sure that you know your water right amount and how much water flows through your sprinklers. Outdated models of sprinklers like the "butterfly" and other models with large orifices are prime examples of wasteful sprinklers. Overwatering can also cause erosion and unnecessary runoff which can devalue a property. With the advent of micro-technology sprinklers, available via the District's sprinkler exchange program or from local irrigation supply companies, low flow sprinkler heads are readily available and highly encouraged. To obtain more information about best-practice irrigation techniques and micro-sprinklers, also see our Resources page.
To get started learning more about water use in Farmers Irrigation District, see our FAQs page. If you would like more information on how to calculate the amount of water to which you are entitled, or if you have any problems with water supply, system connections, or any other irrigation questions or comments, please call (541) 387-5261.
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