Water & Drought

May 16, 2014

Fresno Irrigation District water delivery to last six weeks

Water delivery from the Fresno Irrigation District, affecting some 4,000 farmers, will be the shortest it's been in 37 years.

An expected six-week water delivery, beginning June 1, was determined this week by the district's Board of Directors.

"The last time FID was able to run water only six weeks was during the 1977 drought year," said Gary Serrato, general manager of the Fresno Irrigation District.

Typical water deliveries usually last six months, not six weeks, he said.

The irrigation district covers 245,000 acres and encompasses the metropolitan areas of Fresno and Clovis, Serrato said.

The six-week release was determined due to less snow this year in the Sierra Nevada. Peak runoff from melted snow into the Kings River is anticipated to be about 29% of average, the irrigation district said.

The water delivery will come from a mix of water already stored in the Pine Flat Reservoir and "conservative" projections of natural runoff over the next two and a half months, Serrato said.

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