The Elephant Butte Irrigation District scheduled the Flat Rate Irrigation dates at their regular Board of Directors' meeting on May 9.
Small tract irrigators (flat rate) will receive one surface water irrigation. The dates are as follows:
North (Hatch Valley) ---May 26-27
Central and South Valley--- July 7-8
Irrigators may water from midnight Friday night until midnight Sunday night. Remember, flat rate accounts (holdings less than two acres within EBID boundaries with paid in full water rights) are allowed only one irrigation during this scheduled weekend. Irrigators are encouraged to prepare by making sure their ditches are in good working order and free of weeds and obstructions. Coordinating with fellow irrigators can ensure an efficient use of the water resource and help save time. Consider making the cleanup a neighborhood event.
EBID engineering consultant Dr. Phil King said that spring runoff has almost stopped and no further significant inflow is expected this year. Exceptional drought conditions encroaching into both sides of the Rio Grande basin emphasize the great need for careful water use this season. The District will hope for a productive monsoon later this summer and will continue its efforts at stormwater capture to alleviate the dry conditions.
News and updates can be found throughout the irrigation season on the EBID website at www.ebid-nm.org, on our FaceBook page, or by calling the offices at 575-524-8003.