The shut off date for the 2021 Irrigation Season has been set for Monday, October 4th. (With the rotation, this means that the south side's final shut off will be the morning of Sept. 27th)
We have started the 7-day water on and 7-day water off rotation. You can view the rotation schedule here. The transition will begin every Monday morning at 8 a.m. Please call the district if you do not know which side you are on.
With the limited amount of water available to the district during this unprecedented drought, we are unable to avoid a 7 day on 7 day off rotation of water. With the known inefficiencies of the open ditch delivery system, there will not be enough available water to deliver to the entire district on a constant basis, as we need that full amount to carry the water down to the north side.
Due to the ongoing drought, Tumalo Creek and Crescent Creek flows have been at or near historic lows. When the local snowmelt is over on Tumalo Creek, the District will rely on Crescent Lake for usage. At that time, we will start a 7-day water on and 7-day water off rotation. Monday’s will be the days that we will be switching water from the south side to the north side of the District. Staff will be working to make this transition as smooth as possible.
If you do not already know where our water supply comes from, you can read a brief overview here.
To view current data about the Deschutes River Basin Storage and Discharge, click here. This data is updated daily and shows Crescent Lake's current level.
To view Tumalo Creek's daily flow, click here.
The OSU Extension Service included an article in their most recent newsletter on page 4 about Drought Year Management. If you are interested in reading this article you can view the newsletter here.