The 2012 irrigation season for the Mid-Columbia got off to a soggy start this week as wet weather added to the canal systems that began to fill up from Moses Lake to Kennewick this week.
The Kennewick Irrigation District began spilling water drawn from the Yakima River at the Chandler Pumping Station on Tuesday, the same day KID's approximately 21,000 customers started receiving their summer irrigation bills in the mail.
Flows in the main canal should reach system capacities by Tuesday, when water will begin filling other parts of the distribution system.
The Badger East Canal and the Highland Canal are expected to see water by next weekend. Some KID customers might have pressurized water starting April 9, with the rest of the district receiving water by April 16.
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A complete schedule of KID's water deliveries is available at kid.org.
-- Columbia Irrigation District: Water entered the main canal system March 20 and is filling the distribution system. All customers should expect water at their properties the first week in April.
-- Roza Irrigation District: Water entered the main canal March 17 and all customers should have water available by Sunday.
-- South Columbia Basin Irrigation District: Water to all areas, from the Mattawa and Potholes areas in Franklin County and the system in Walla Walla County, was released last week. Irrigation to Block 18 of the East Low Canal also has started. Landowners must contact their local watermaster for delivery dates.
-- East Columbia Basin Irrigation District: Irrigation water for all areas of the East Low Canal serving Moses Lake, Warden and Othello started March 20, while deliveries to the East District's Block 49 became available Tuesday. Individual deliveries depend on demand in the individual lateral systems. Water users should contact their watermasters in Moses Lake or Othello or contact the ditchrider for their areas.
-- Quincy Irrigation District: Water entered the West Canal in mid-March, and irrigation should be available the first week of April. Water users are advised to contact their watermasters for information and schedules.
-- Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District: Irrigation customers should begin calling in their requests for water Monday.
-- Benton Irrigation District: Water is in the main system, and customers should expect to have water Monday.
-- Franklin County Irrigation District: Deliveries are available.
-- Columbia Irrigation District: Water has filled the main canal and will be available to customers' properties next week.
-- Badger Mountain Irrigation District: Water is scheduled to be available for customers Monday.
-- Kiona Irrigation District: Water is scheduled to reach customers' properties April 17.