Alta Irrigation District

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Dinuba, CA – Limited snowpack within the Kings River watershed and dry weather conditions foretell of reduced surface water supply this irrigation season for water users. According to Bulletin 120 from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), Kings River runoff is projected to be less than thirty (30) percent of average. DWR’s water supply projections fell 30 points since release of its first report in February. If dry weather continues for the remainder of this year, total runoff volume for the Kings River may be one of ten driest events since the late 1890s.

Alta Irrigation District faces uncertainty regarding this year’s water run because of dry weather conditions and mild spring temperatures. During this type of weather pattern, Kings River runoff occurring in May determines when the District may start water run and its anticipated duration. The 2014 water run was the last time the District experienced water conditions like this year – that water run was about 25 days and it started in mid-July. So, visit the District’s website mid June for the next update on this year’s water run.