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JULY 15, 2015
The District's water supplies in the Reservoirs are seriously low at this date. The very hot weather in June did not help our situation as the demands were causing us to release more water from storage than we planned, thank goodness for the cool weather the past few weeks which reduced the demand and reservoir out flows. Currently the weather is changing back to the warmer cycle so in order to meet demands the reservoir releases have once again been increased. How long we can make the water last for everyone equally depends on the demand but to make it through August or beyond is going to be a challenge. Finish of harvest of all types and gardens are the targets. The Ditchriders and maintenance personnel are extremely busy keeping ditches and pipes unplugged besides their water delivery duties. Demossing with our track hoes throughout the 70 miles of main canals is currently in progress. The aquatic moss will plug off the water flows if not removed; the District does not use chemicals. The canals will fluctuate due to unknown or uncontrollable reasons or plain water shortages. We will have updates as the irrigation season moves forward.
Without significant spring rainfall and higher reservoir levels, water users in the District should anticipate water shortages this coming summer and begin to prepare accordingly. Wet weather will help keep the natural stream flows up but are currently at record lows!! MID's stored waters are: Fourmile Reservoir, Fish Lake, Hyatt, Howard and Emigrant that are shared with TID, RRVID Irrigation Districts. MID's portion is at 19% overall of full. All water users have to take a 30% reduction to make it at least through August. Water will be totally shut off when it is deemed impractical to maintain canal and lateral flows for deliveries to all users equally.The District will adhere to a strict rotation schedule. The days between irrigation events are 18 days between irrigation events for pressure and 21 days for flood (gravity) irrigation from finsh. This will begin imediatly. Water releases from storage started early this year. Also expect fluctuations in flows due to many stream and creek uncontrolable happinings. Evaportation also plays a big part. We expect all water users to respect the Ditch Riders decisions on rotating the water around to meet this savings.

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