The annual irrigation statements were mailed out the end of January and were due by April 2, 2018. If payment was not received by April 2, 2018, a late fee of $25 was added to all delinquent accounts. Updated statements were mailed out on May 1st.
UPDATED NOTICE 4/18/2018 at 9:30 a.m.
The last couple of weeks have been a help to us by providing some much needed, but limited moisture. As of now, the snow water equivalent for our area stands at around 57% of average. The NOAA / National Weather Service Drought Monitor has our area in an “abnormally dry” category.
As of today, TID reservoirs stand at 79% of average for this time of year, and only 64% of full pool. Depending on summer weather and District operations, this will be a tighter than normal water year.
Water users should be as water conservative minded as possible and keep your head ditches clean, in good shape and free of debris. Sprinkler systems should have the correct size nozzles and be in good repair. Be contentious in moving your sprinkler system lines so you don’t over irrigate one set and under irrigate another. Do not allow water to “runoff” your property. District staff will be paying particular attention to this. Once wasted water gets into creeks it is lost to the District.
Stay in close contact with your area ditch rider to track schedules, rotations and on/off records. Be sure to let the ditch rider know when you will be finished so that he can get the water to the next scheduled water user.
The District plans to start loading the canals on or about May 1st. It will take some time after that to get the canals up to operating depth and to get service laterals and pressure lines primed and ready for operation. Please be patient! By starting the system later as we have, it should help us extend our season and be able to afford us later season operations. However, the late startup doesn’t mean we can ignore our safety protocols for bringing the system up slowly so we don’t experience a blowout or canal failure which would result in needing to shut the system back down.
If everyone works together and communicates, we should be able to get through the year, hopefully no worse for the wear. The District’s Rules and Regulations are on this website. Please refer to them for general information and operating rules of the District. Keep in mind the District’s annual allotment is 2.65 acre feet per acre per year, which equates to roughly 3.5” of water depth every 12 to 14 days.
MC DONALD SYSTEM WATER USERS ONLY
We will start the McDonald System the week of April 23rd since that system is limited to natural stream flows and doesn’t have a storage backup. Usually, on below normal years that system will run out of water earlier than usual, or we can be regulated off the system by the State Water Resources Department so we will try to front load the system so water is available as long as possible.
UPDATED NOTICE 4/4/2018
At the regular board meeting held on Tuesday, April 3rd, the Board of Directors discussed the start date of the 2018 irrigation season and the continued dry weather pattern we are in now. It was the consensus of the Board to try to hold off until the 1st of May, if possible, but this date is not set in stone. Should hot or above average temperature conditions warrant an earlier start date we will be flexible to start earlier.
It is important that we hold off as long as we can to extend the water supply into September. In other words, the earlier we start, the earlier we will run out of water. We are still hopeful for a wet spring that will make the May 1st start date a little easier for everyone to work with.
The recent pattern of storms has helped the water supply somewhat, however we are a long way from a normal or average water year. The snow pack (snow water equivalent) has risen from 50% on the 1st of March to roughly 60% to date.
The combined reservoir storage is at 56% of full pool. There is a good chance that we will experience shortages during this irrigation season, depending on how the early spring weather behaves.
The Board of Directors will take the water supply condition up at the April 3rd board meeting to determine what kind of adjustments will need to be made to the start of the irrigation season. There is a better than average chance that the Board will delay the system startup date into May.
Our office is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Our phone number is 541-535-1529.
ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF PAYMENT FOR IRRIGATION BILLS
Talent Irrigation District is not set up to accept debit or credit cards or checks over the phone. The District only accepts cash,checks or money orders.
WHERE TO REMIT PAYMENTS
If you are mailing your payment it must be sent to our P.O. Box 467, Talent, OR 97540. The Talent Post Office does not deliver mail to businesses in downtown Talent,therefore, if you mail your payment to 104 West Valley View Road, your payment will be returned to you or (or your bank if it is an on-line bank check) by the post office.
DROPPING PAYMENTS OFF AT THE OFFICE
If you are dropping your payment off at the office our address is 104 West Valley View Road, Talent, OR 97540.
MONTHLY BOARD OF DIRECTOR MEETINGS
The Talent Irrigation District Board of Directors regularly meet at the District office on the first Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. The meetings are open to the public. If you have something to present to the Board, please contact the Office at least one week in advance in order to be placed on the agenda.
EMERGENCY ANSWERING SERVICE
For all emergency’s during non-business hours, anytime during the year, the phone number to call is 541-770-0315. The emergency answering service will contact the District’s emergency response person.
RECLAMATION REFORM ACT FORMS (RRA)
If you own, operate, and/or lease 40 acres or more of irrigated land within a Bureau of Reclamation irrigation district you are required to notify the Talent Irrigation District office and fill out the required forms on the Bureau of Reclamation RRA Website before April 1st each year to avoid any fines. In addition, if your landholdings change at anytime during the irrigation season you must immediately notify the District and file new forms.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]