Tri-City irrigation districts plan to shut off water next month

Kristi Pihl, Tri-City HeraldSeptember 14, 2013 

Tri-City irrigation districts plan to shut off irrigation water during October.

While some districts have a date chosen for the official shutoff of the systems that provide water to farmers and homeowners, others will decide on the actual date sometime next month.

Weather will determine the actual date for the Kennewick Irrigation District, manager Chuck Freeman said. If warmer weather continues, farmers may need access to irrigation water for longer in October.

Weather may be a little warmer than normal this fall, he said.

KID's board of directors may determine the shutoff date at their regular Oct. 1 meeting, Freeman said. Historically, the district has shut off irrigation water around Oct. 15.

Freeman said it's been a better than normal year with repairs. KID moved to a new schedule where the district offers coverage seven days a week, which has resulted in an improvement in service delivery in most cases.

Homeowners will need to shut their valve once KID does shut off the water, Freeman said. It's also vital to blow out the sprinklers before it gets cold.

Other dates:

-- Badger Mountain Irrigation District: starting Oct. 18.

-- Benton Irrigation District: likely Oct. 15, depending on weather.

-- Columbia Irrigation District: Oct. 15.

-- East Columbia Basin Irrigation District: Oct. 21. Last day to change water orders is Oct. 18.

-- Franklin Irrigation District: Oct. 21.

-- Kiona Irrigation District: date won't be set until Sept. 18 board meeting. Tends to be around Oct. 15, but may be later if it is dry.

-- Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District: Oct. 21. Last day to change water orders is Oct. 18.

-- Roza Irrigation District: Oct. 21.

-- South Columbia Basin Irrigation District: Oct. 23. Last day for delivery changes is Oct. 22.

-- Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District: won't be set until Oct. 1 board meeting.

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-- Kristi Pihl: 582-1512; kpihl@tricityherald.com

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