The predicted water supply for the Kennewick Irrigation District this water season is looking better.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released an updated water supply forecast for Yakima Basin irrigators Thursday.
It forecast that KID would receive 90 percent of its allotment, an improvement over the 86 percent forecast a month ago.
Other irrigation districts with junior water rights also are projected to receive 90 percent of their allotment and those with senior water rights should receive 100 percent.
“KID does not anticipate a need for water restrictions during the 2016 water season,” KID said in a statement.
However, the agency cautioned that because of the rapid snow melt this spring, water was released from reservoir storage about two weeks earlier than usual.
“We expect low end-of-season reservoir levels this year with the below average runoff and the early usage of stored water, said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project river operations supervisor for the Bureau of Reclamation.
The water supply also can continue to be affected by rapid snow melt and sustained high temperatures.
Water users are encouraged to use the supply efficiently.
Lawns can be prepared for any decrease in the water supply by watering less frequently but for a longer time, according to KID.