Updated on Wednesday July 10, 2019
WATER SEASON UPDATE:
Water season is well underway and water began flowing May 6, 2019. As always, please help us by doing your part to keep the ditches and canals clear of debris and obstacles that my obstruct water flow. It is important that you call us at least once during the water season so that we have on record that you are using your water right. Remember to use your entire water right at least once every five years to avoid the “5 Years Non Use” Rule (A water user who is no longer using his or her water rights must notify the District of such non-use so that the District may petition the Water Resources Commission for a transfer of the water right to other irrigable land under ORS 540.574 (1999). If a water user has not made beneficial use of the water to which the user is entitled for a period of three (3) successive years, the District shall advise the user and any security interest holder of record that if the user does not use the water for a fourth (4th) successive year, the District may petition the Water Resources Commission for a transfer of the water right under ORS 540.574 (1999). A water user within the District shall not execute an affidavit of non-use or voluntary cancellation without District approval.) This information can be found in our District Rules and Regulations Handbook which is also available here on our website under “District Info”.
Please call us to place your water order and to leave a message for your ditch rider to call you with your rotation schedule information.
Please continue to check our website for updates!
February 7, 2019
Letter from the Manager
We want to thank all of our Water Patrons for your support as we struggle through these drought years. Please continue to review the TeaCup Diagram for the most up to date reservoir levels.
For current TeaCup levels, Click here > > https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/roguetea.html
Update on 2019 water season: 2018 was a rough year for everyone. We were able to get through the season, making complete and full deliveries for as long as we had the water to do so. 2019 water season will still be considered a drought season. By reviewing the TeaCup, you will see that the reservoirs are well below average and without more snow in the mountains; they are likely to stay this way.
In a season of normal operation, RRVID relies on stream flow for the first 1 1/2 to 2 months of the water season. In drought years, we pull from the reservoir storage from day one. This puts a strain on the system. 2019 is looking like we will probably be pulling on the reservoir supply from day one. If that is the case, we may have another short season.
Update on the piping project: RRVID has been working on installing 3.2 miles of 48″ HDPE fusion welded pipe on part of our system between HWY 140 and Antelope Creek. This will put approximately 40 to 42 pounds of pressure to the farm with hopes of eliminating pumping cost. This is the first of what we hope to be, the beginning of modernizing RRVID. So far RRVID has been able to do all of this work through Grant dollars and State funds that we acquired before starting the project.
In closing, let’s continue to hope that we start seeing more snow in our mountains so that our reservoirs continue to fill before Spring and the beginning of water season. Please continue to check back on our website to see the date that water season will begin for 2019 and other important information.
Brian Hampson District Manager/Secretary
Reminder: When water season begins, please call our office at 541-773-6127 to order your water or to find out your rotation schedule. Because this is a drought year, please remember to call and tell us if you do not plan to use your water so that we can conserve as much water as possible.