As of Sunday, October 7th, the Turlock Irrigation District (TID) has officially closed their 2012 Irrigation Season.
TID Water Distribution Department Manager Mike Kavarian reported to the TID Board on Tuesday morning that the District’s actual water use was only 756 acre-feet away from reaching the 458,000 acre-feet that were projected for the 2012 Irrigation Season.
While there are still a few final orders to finish out throughout the week, TID Staff still estimate that the final number of acre-feet will be nearly spot on with the pre-season projections from earlier this year.
TID received 372 orders alone on Sunday, which was the last day to place orders. Throughout last week, TID received a total greater than 2,000 orders, which Mike Kavarian pointed out as being normal for the end of the season.
“Everybody waited until the last moment,” stated Kavarian. “After we deliver to the customers who called by Sunday, it will be first come, first serve, as we’re just draining our system.”
Final deliveries will be delivered on both Thursday and Friday, with some on Saturday as well, with the remaining water being slowly drained on Sunday for a full system shutdown.
The District also rented 130 pumps to customers this year, which the District will allow customers to keep throughout the coming weekend, to help fill any final orders. Including the rented pumps, TID staff reported that the District pumped approximately 100,000 to 105,000 AF this season, which is only faintly lower than the projected 120,000 AF from pre-season estimates.
For more information regarding Turlock Irrigation District, visit www.tid.org.