Water will start flowing through Boise’s irrigation canals starting next Monday. The Treasure Valley’s largest irrigation district says they expect to have plenty of water this season.
For 112 years, the Nampa and Meridian Irrigation District has been providing irrigation water to the Treasure Valley. Next week’s launch of the irrigation season will be the 113th consecutive year for the District.
“Mother Nature has been extremely generous with winter snow this year after some pretty lean water years so we are pretty confident that we can provide water users a full supply throughout the irrigation season,” said Greg Curtis, NMID Water Superintendent. Usually, the water flows until the first week of October.
Once the water starts flowing April 3, it will take two weeks to fill up the 500-mile system. Before then, District crews are wrapping up maintenance projects along irrigation route. That includes putting in concrete lining in some areas and moving some open canals into underground pipes.
NMID covers 69,000 acres in both Ada and Canyon Counties. They provide irrigation water to 16,000 residential and commercial lots.
Water managers will open the headgates of Ridenbaugh Canal near Barber Park at 3 a.m. next Monday.
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