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Energy program designed to help irrigators

Help is on the way to assist irrigators in making their water delivery systems more efficient.

That's according to the South Yakima Conservation District, which this week announced a new energy-efficiency program in partnership with Benton REA, BPA and the South Central Washington Resource Conservation and Development Council.

"There are many small changes to your irrigation system that when added up can make a big difference in the efficiency of your system," says Laurie Crowe of the South Yakima Conservation District.

The changes include replacing worn out sprinkler nozzles and gaskets. Crowe says if not replaced they can lead to inefficient application of water, soil erosion, unnecessary energy usage and unnecessary costs through pumping too much water.

As part of the program, Benton REA is offering rebates for sprinkler hardware upgrades and repairs.

To get started irrigators should call 509-829-9025 to set up a site visit with the South Yakima Conservation District. The visit will be an energy assessment of the irrigation system to determine eligibility for the rebates.

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