KID approves water allotment requests near Badger East Canal

Kristi Pihl, Tri-City HeraldJuly 16, 2013 

Some property owners would like Kennewick Irrigation District to provide water for more acres near the Badger East Canal.

The KID board unanimously approved the first annual list of water allotment requests that represent about 844 acres, most near that canal.

Jason McShane, KID's engineering and operations manager, told the board that when water becomes available, the board will need to approve who on the list will receive water. Most of the requests on the list have been made since May 2012.

There are no water allotments currently available, according to KID documents.

In general, KID's policy is that the first property owners to request water will be served first, McShane said. But other factors will be taken into account, including the irrigation system capability, the potential of increased maintenance expenses and public safety.

Some of the acres on the list already have water, but owners would like more allotted, McShane said. And others have no water allocation at all.

Some acres will be easier to serve than others, he said.

Also Tuesday:

-- KID postponed a decision on whether KID will remove some of its property from the project to bring Yakima River water to Red Mountain so that other property owners can add acres.

The project to bring water to prime wine grape-growing land near Benton City is limited to irrigating up to 1,785 acres.

KID could choose to take about 111 acres out of the project, which would reduce the amount of debt service KID will pay as a landowner by about $1 million, officials have said. Nine property owners have asked to add about 221 acres to the project.

Property owners within the local improvement district, or LID, will pay the almost $20.2 million cost of the project. KID is one of the landowners, with about 620 acres.

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