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.