Kennewick Irrigation District’s water was cut back for the first time this week because of the Yakima Basin drought.
Federal Bureau of Reclamation officials estimated the reduction at 20 cubic feet per second, but the actual reduction was 38 cfs, according to KID officials.
KID can only divert water at the Prosser dam that is over a federally set minimum flow level.
KID officials are reminding customers it is critically important for them to follow the mandated watering schedule.
Homeowners have two days each week when they can water any time during a 12-hour period. They may water up to 30 minutes in each portion of their yard, whether by zone, sprinkler or station.
Outside of those scheduled days and times, customers can water backyard vegetable gardens or perennials by hand, with high-efficiency drip or micro-spray systems, or with sprinklers attached to hoses.
For more information and the watering schedule, go to kid.org.