Alta Irrigation District

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May 1, 2012


All indications point to a below average water year.  

The most recent April through July water entitlement number (April 24, 2012) for the Kings River indicate a 51% forecast. Fortunately, Alta carried over water in Pine Flat Dam from last year sufficient to make water deliveries for ninety days. As a result, the 2012 water run will be initiated on May 9, 2012 continuing into August. At this time, all entitlements will be prioritized based upon four days of water usage per twenty acres running one cubic foot per second. Groundwater only entitlement areas will conditionally receive an initial allocation of 1 day per 20 acres or 25% allocation.  All allocations are subject to change upon review of storage, schedule and forecast information.


Additional updates can be viewed on the District website at


News Release Contact: Chris Kapheim (559) 591-0800, extension 13

CHRIS KAPHEIM - Alta Irrigation District

Chris Kapheim, General Manager of Alta Irrigation District, just south of Fresno, describes the district's pricing and conjunctive use policies. About 10 years ago, the district adopted a volumetric water pricing structure, charging farmers based on the quantity of water delivered. This program has helped encourage conservation and efficiency - it has also led to more fiscal stability and equitable cost allocation, according to Kapheim. In addition, the district conjunctively manages its surface and groundwater to reduce groundwater pumping and increase groundwater recharge in wet years so that this resource is available in dry years.

Depth and Groundwater Measurements

Depth to groundwater measurements will take place in November 2011.  Alta Irrigation District will include the current groundwater measurements in the fall groundwater map.  The Fall 2011 groundwater map can be viewed on Alta Irrigation District’s web site (

For information concerning this News Release contact Luis Rios at (559) 591-0800

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