As of Friday, May 29, 2015
On Monday, June 1, the Roza Irrigation District will re-start its water delivery system after a three-week shutdown due to drought conditions.
Scott Revell, Roza district manager, said the re-start schedule on Monday will begin diversions to fill the main canal.
Water deliveries may begin on Monday to pump 1 and Terrace Heights areas, time permitting.
Next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will see water deliveries re-start through the district.
Besides having the irrigation water turned back on, there are other pieces of good news for Roza users.
Yesterday, Thursday, the Yakima County Superior Court approved more than 8,000 acre-feet of water transfers from SVID to Roza. That’s the first batch of transfers, said Revell, with a few hundred more acres scheduled to transfer in the second batch.
“Roza is still looking to lease water, although the SVID lease window has closed,” he said.
Also today, Friday, the Bureau of Reclamation issued a revised forecast that junior water right holders, like Roza, will receive 44 percent of their usual supply.
Revell says that’s the first time all season the forecast did not drop, “…which is really good news.”
During the three-week shutdown, Revell said Roza crews were able to get a few miles of lateral canals cleaned out and “…made major headway on a long list of maintenance and repair items.”
He added, “The shut down time was put to good use.”