Alta Irrigation District

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Dinuba, CA – Alta Irrigation District is experiencing unique challenges during this the final week of its 2020 water run that are impacting operations. As the District was reducing its Kings River diversions to coincide with a ramp down, water levels in some ditches dropped below normal seasonal levels or even dried up. To address these water level changes, the District increased its Kings River diversion this morning and started looking into potential causes thereof. Water level fluctuation may be attributed to one or more of following items: 1) leaky canal gates (Traver Canal headgate leakage is about 20% or more of the Kings River diversion rate), 2) water theft, 3) mismanaged water, 4) poor data, and 5) greater than anticipated canal seepage. In the meantime, District staff was out this morning working on the Traver Canal headgate and checking other headgates or turnouts for leaks.