Alta Irrigation District

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2019 Notice to Landowners in Alta Irrigation District


Public Notice is hereby given that in lieu of assessments for the purpose of obtaining the revenues required to carry on its business and conduct its operations during the forthcoming year, Alta Irrigation District has been required by Law to fix and collect charges for the services furnished by the District in providing for the distribution of water from the Kings River to the lands within the District for surface irrigation and for the replenishment of the underground supply of water underneath said lands, and said charges are now due and payable at Alta Irrigation District, 289 North L Street, City of Dinuba, County of Tulare, State of California, and will become delinquent if not paid by, Friday, December 20, 2019, at 4:30 P.M., and unless paid prior thereto, a 5% penalty and a $5.00 cost will be added to the Acre Charge and a 10% penalty to the Water Surcharge will be added thereto.

            Office Hours for payments are, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed for lunch from 12:00-12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.   A Payment Drop Box will be available for payments made after 4:00 p.m. and processed the following workday. ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2019, THE OFFICE WILL ACCEPT AND PROCESS PAYMENTS UNTIL 4:30 P.M. The office will be closed in observance of the following holidays, November 11, November 28 and November 29, 2019.



Alta Irrigation District Starts 2019 Water Run

Alta Irrigation District Starts 2019 Water Run

Dinuba – At a special board meeting on March 6, the Alta Irrigation District Board of Directors acted to authorize the General Manager the discretion to set a start date for the 2019 Water Run using best available information from the Kings River watermaster and other typical water resources information. The General Manager also has discretion to adjust entitlement and irrigation schedules, as needed, to protect the integrity of the ditches and to adapt to changing weather patterns, runoff forecasts, and storage in Pine Flat Lake.

After enjoying the benefits of early releases from Pine Flat Dam and increasing staffing to typical summer time levels, Alta Irrigation District transitioned into the 2019 Water Run. Entitlement for 100% land is currently 1 cubic foot per second (cfs) per 20 acres for 4 days with the number of days prorated based on entitlement category (visit for changes to allotment). See table below for a summary of allotments by entitlement category.

Entitlement Category



1 cfs per 20 acres for 4 days


1 cfs per 20 acres for 3 days


1 cfs per 20 acres for 2 days


1 cfs per 20 acres for 1 days

Groundwater Only

1 cfs per 20 acres for 1 days

Ditchtenders are available to take water orders and they can be reached by calling the same phone number as last year. If you do not remember your ditchtender’s phone number, refer to the table below. Any maintenance issues on ditch(es) serving your property should be reported to Stan Sasaki immediately and he can be reached at (559) 805–7522. Please leave a detailed message about the maintenance issue(s) and identify nearest cross streets or turnout.

Ditchtender Area

Phone Number

General Service Area


(559) 805-7521

Alta Main


(559) 805-7511

Reedley Main


(559) 805-7512



(559) 805-7513



(559) 805-7514



(559) 805-7515

Dinuba Town


(559) 805-7516

Wilson/Carey Hunter


(559) 805-7518



(559) 805-7520



(559) 805-7520


On April 15, Alta Irrigation District began applying its standard volumetric water charge to any water diverted from ditches. Users are and will be charged for water based on the rates shown in the table below.

Entitlement Category

Water Charge

25% to 100%

$4.75 per acre-foot

Groundwater Only

$7.75 per acre-foot


  1. Groundwater Only charge consist of a $4.75 per acre-foot base charge plus a $3.00 per acre-foot surcharge.

If there are any further questions about the 2019 Water Run, please contact the District office at (559) 591-0800.

Abundant Snowfall in High Sierras Results in Early Kings River Diversion for Alta Irrigation District


March 12, 2019

Abundant Snowfall in High Sierras Results in Early Kings River Diversion for Alta Irrigation District

Dinuba, CA – Alta Irrigation District (District) Board of Directors, at a special board meeting held on March 6, authorized the general manager to start diverting Kings River water at any time based on projected run-off information provided by the Kings River watermaster and other water resources planning information. While this year will not have the same volume of run-off as 2017, the projected snow melt run-off is anticipated to be large enough for this year’s diversion to be in top 5 since completion of Pine Flat Dam – nearly a quarter million acre-feet of water was diverted in 2017. The initial “wet up” of the irrigation system focuses on conveying water in canals connected to basins (Nebraska, London Pond, Traver, Harder, and 4th Avenue). Additional canals will be brought online based on demand and amount of runoff entering canals from east side creeks. Since the District is in the process of staffing up for water run, users will not be charged for nor will there be any scheduling of water at this time. Any water present in the District’s ditches is available for users on an “as-is” basis. The District may curtail early diversion of Kings River water, at any time, to protect facilities from inundation by uncontrolled run-off generated from rainfall events occurring in the foothills to the east of the District; flood control is the responsibility of the Counties of Fresno and Tulare, not Alta Irrigation District. The Board of Directors will consider continuing with early Kings River diversion and setting a start date for water run at a March 14th Board meeting.

Contact Person: Stan Sasaki, (559) 591-0800

End of the 2018 Water Run for Alta Irrigation District

For Immediate Release

Dinuba, CA - Alta Irrigation District's 2018 water run will end Tuesday, August 28th  as remaining water behind Pine Flat Dam is needed for environmental purposes on the Kings River and other prior commitments. 

Contact Person: Stan Sasaki, (559) 805-7522 

5% Entitlement Groundwater Only- NO Water Demands

As of Monday, August 20, 2018, 5% Entitlement - Groundwater Only parcels will NO LONGER be allowed to make water demands. 

If you have any questions please call Stan at 559-805-7522