Water Supply and Rates
August 16, 2023
2023 WATER SUPPLY UPDATE
Starting November 1st of this year, water will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at $17.00 per a.f.
Every so often, the Mendota Pool needs to be dewatered in order for CCID to perform a safety inspection on Mendota Dam in coordination with the Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD). We are pursuing the necessary permits to accomplish this starting December 2023. We understand the amount of planning that goes into your farming operations and we want to ensure you have ample time to make any adjustments to your fall and winter irrigation plans. We are conservatively planning to dewater our canals from December 1, 2023 through January 31, 2024. CCID staff will work diligently to minimize the down time of our canals and will attempt to accommodate the needs of our growers. Please let our Water Department know if you have any special water needs this winter.
This past year was the longest flood release down the river in over four decades and the watershed on the San Joaquin and Kings Rivers are primed for next year. The operation of Millerton and Pine Flat Reservoirs will be to maximize water supply for 2024, which means the reservoirs will be at an increased risk of flood release this winter. If the rivers are expected to enter flood control, we will be unable to dewater Mendota Pool and will have to postpone the dam inspection until next year, allowing us to continue delivering water into December. Please watch your mailboxes in November for further updates.