Twenty West Richland homeowners can expect to see Kennewick Irrigation District pressurized irrigation water from their spigots this summer with approval of a new local improvement district Tuesday.
KID board members voted unanimously to accept the homes along Bretz Road and Dallas Road as a new pressurized service area that will receive water from the Badger East Canal.
Residents petitioned for the new service in October 2009, saying that a private pond system that had provided their water no longer was adequate.
The new LID will require construction of pipelines to serve the customers, and will require a five-year loan of $122,000 to be repaid by property owners.
Chuck Freeman, KID manager, said the LID also will be the first in the district to require a watermaster and water meters.
"This is a first example of a LID under our new rules. It will be a test case," he said.
"We're setting a precedent here," said board member John Jaksch.
The watermaster will be authorized to shut off water to any property that takes more water than allowed or violates terms of a watering schedule that the LID members create.
The LID, incorporating about 28 irrigable acres, includes the area generally bounded by Dallas, Bretz and Arena roads and south of Kennedy Road.
Based on acreage, the 20 LID members will pay a total of $27,065 a year to KID for the construction costs, not including water assessments.
Six property owners who were in the 42-acre area originally considered for the new LID chose not to be included.
Those who petitioned for KID service have said they need the water because a developer's plans will eliminate a holding pond and private water distribution system in their neighborhood.
Ed Everaert, KID director of engineering and operations, said KID will begin installing the new pipe as soon as crews finish a big winter job of laying several miles of rubberized lining on parts of the main and Badger East canals. He said the job should be done in time for when irrigation season begins in mid-April.