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October 23, 2015

2015 Irrigation Season Ends Today

Just a quick reminder that BVID is ending the 2015 Irrigation Season today and will stop water delivery to the District at 11:00 this morning.

On behalf of the Board, we cannot thank you enough for the conservation efforts put forth by everyone during the irrigation season. With your efforts, we were able to deliver a 180 day season on only half the reservoir, a feat that has never been done.

Once the water is shut off this morning, Collins Lake will start its replenishment period with only 2,520 acre-feet of usable water remaining, which is 5.1 percent of capacity. Due to the low volume of water remaining, there will likely be no water releases over the winter months. Should that change and a plan to deliver water develop, District staff will post that information immediately to the website and Facebook (www.facebook.com/bvidwater).

October 09, 2015

2015 Irrigation Season to end Friday, October23, 2015

At the BVID Board of Directors meeting on October 8th, 2015, the end date for the 2015 Irrigation Season was discussed at length. Considering the dry forecast over the next week or so, as well as the fire danger, the final date of service will be October 23, 2015, unless it rains before then.

On behalf of the Board, we cannot thank you enough. Everyone did an excellent job in conserving our limited water resources this year. While this irrigation season is ending in two weeks, please take the time to use the remaining days to prepare for the �off season� by filling stock tanks, rinsing filters and any other preparations that require irrigation water.

At this point there are no plans for any water releases over the winter months once the water is shut off for the season.

Not since 1977 has Collins Lake been as low as it is now. We predict that on October 23, 2015 the lake will have approximately 2,250 acre feet of storage remaining, or 5.1% of capacity, for carryover into 2016. Amazingly, we started this irrigation season 171 days ago at 56.7% of capacity. With your help, we were successful in delivering a full season�s worth of supply with only half the reservoir.

Interestingly, in 1977, fate smiled upon us and Collins Lake filled after having reached minimum pool the summer before. We certainly have our fingers crossed for the same this year.

Nevertheless, conservation is the name of the game as we move forward. With the weather becoming increasingly unpredictable, BVID will continue its efforts toward making the system more efficient and make better use of our precious resources. Infrastructure improvement projects will continue through the winter to make sure we are ready for an equally dry 2016 and beyond.

In the meantime, thank you again and here�s to hoping for a wet winter.

October 07, 2015

Unexpected BVID Disruption

A major pipeline was disrupted yesterday afternoon and has resulted in a significant outage for much of the District. If your service was affected, we expect it to be restored this evening. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Areas affected by the break include properties near the following roads: Cross Star Trail, Pony Express, Dusty Trail, Wades Way, Stonehedge Drive, Lone Tree Way, Douglas Way, and Loma Rica Road between the cross streets of Los Verjeles Road and Lone Tree Way.

September 30, 2015

Forecast Shows a Possibility of Rain

It looks like we might have a little rain in the forecast. If the rain does start falling, don't be alarmed if you begin to notice limited BVID service for a couple days. As the ground becomes wet enough, the crews will work to take advantage of any rain and save as much Collins Lake water as we can.

August 11, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.

Sandy Way Pipeline and Hill Road Pipeline Shut off for Repairs

The Sandy Way Pipeline has been shut off for a repair this morning and will be turned back on this afternoon. This will affect service to those located on Valley View, Clay trail, and Sandy Way.

The Hill Road Pipeline was shut off for a repair this morning and will be back on this evening. This shutoff will affect service to those located on Fruitland Road south of Loma Rica, Virginia Road, Smith Road, Harold Way, Malott Way, Valencia Way, Hill Road, Vickie Dr., Oak Ridge Trail, and Spring Glenn. This list is not extensive so if you are experiencing an outage or low pressure and are located near one of the roads mentioned above, it could be due to the pipeline repair being made.

Sorry for any inconvenience and please contact the office at 530-743-5703 with any questions

August 4, 2015 at 8:25 a.m.

Unexpected Disruption of Collins Lake Service Area

Last night the Collins Lake irrigation system unexpectedly shut down due to a malfunction at the powerhouse. Unfortunately the backup alarm was unable to notify District personnel because the phone lines were down. The cause of this outage was likely due to the fire in Dobbins.

Unfortunately, the shutdown will disrupt service to most people in the upper district until sometime this afternoon and possibly as late as early tomorrow morning. Please be assured that the District is working to restore service to everyone as quickly as possible, and is taking steps to prevent this from happening again.

The water is flowing again but if you still do not have water tomorrow morning, please call and report the outage.

Sorry for any inconveniences.

April 27

Irrigation Season Update


On Friday evening, the District received over a half inch of rain with nearly an inch in several places. Fortunately it allowed the ground to become wet enough to reduce the demand on BVID water for a few days.

Because conservation is one of BVID�s top priorities, the water was temporarily suspended Saturday morning so that we could take advantage of the rain and save a couple days� worth of water in Collins Lake.

However, with the weather forecast into the 90�s this week, we are planning on starting the water again today (April 27, 2015) so that your service will resume as the ground dries out over the next couple days.

As always, we thank you for your understanding as we work to manage an already limited supply.

April 24

Irrigation Season Update

On April 24, 2015, the BVID Board of Director's had a meeting and discussed the irrigation season, which started April 22. The season is expected to run until further notice. Please note that should weather permit, the system could be shut down to preserve water and later restarted. At this time there are no scheduled shutdowns. Notice of any shutdown will be posted on the website. You can also get notices by email. If you would like to be added to the email list, please send an email to bvid@bvid.org with �notification List� in the subject line.

It is important to stress that the season is beginning with shortened supplies as Collins Lake is exceptionally low. The District asks that everyone does their best to conserve water and wants to remind everyone that water should never leave your property. Please be mindful as we are all in this drought together and each need to do our part. If you observe any water waste, please call BVID at (530) 743-5703.

April 21

Irrigation Season Update


On April 21, 2015, the BVID Board of Director's had a special meeting to discuss the start date of this year's deliveries. Although the District would like to have stretched the limited supply further than normal, the recent warm weather has not helped the situation. As such, the Board took action to begin the water on April 22, 2015. It generally takes a few days for the water to reach many customers so it would be safe to assume the water will make its way to everyone by this weekend. Please give it a few days for the system to fill.

The only exception to this will be any customers served by the Sicard Ditch, Too Handy Pipeline and the Upper Main Pipeline, including the �Valley of the Eagles� area. Maintenance is being conducted on those pipelines and water should be available early next week.

It is important to stress that the season is beginning with shortened supplies as Collins Lake is exceptionally low. The District asks that everyone does their best to conserve water and wants to remind everyone that water should never leave your property. Please be mindful as we are all in this drought together and each need to do our part. If you observe any water waste, please call BVID at (530) 743-5703.

April 16

Irrigation Season Update

As you know, this year has been exceptionally dry, leaving Collins Lake below the level needed for a full irrigation season. Today we are at 57% capacity, versus 73% one year ago. As always, it is BVID's top priority to ensure our customers are delivered as much water as possible and a major part of that is to conserve the precious supply we have. For 2015, the only way to do that is to balance the season to ensure we are able to deliver water through the hottest parts of summer and fall, as well as make sure some carryover storage remains in the lake for 2016. It is for those reasons there has been a noticeable delay in service. We sincerely apologize for any hardships this has caused. Please be assured that discussions of when to begin the 2015 service are ongoing and a decision will be made at the April 23, 2015 Board of Directors meeting.

March 27, 2015

Two Days of Water, April 4th and 5th

Last night at the Board of Directors meeting, BVID has agreed to provide temporary service to customers served from Collins Lake next weekend. The water will be on Saturday, April 4, 2015 and Sunday April 5, 2015 to help provide relief from the prolonged warm and dry conditions. After this initial supply, BVID expects to remain off for a couple weeks to help conserve what is already expected to be a reduced season.

Today Collins Lake is at 57% of capacity (28,190 acre feet), which falls short of our 2014 deliveries. That is in contrast to the 73% (35,900 acre feet) we began with last year. Not only will we see somewhat of a shortage, it also makes saving any carryover water for 2016 very difficult.

At each Board meeting, BVID will assess the conditions to help determine when best to begin the regular irrigation season in respect to the shortage. As always, we appreciate all your efforts toward conservation as well as your understanding through this extraordinary drought

March 13, 2015

2015 Irrigation Season Update

At the March 12, 2015 Browns Valley Irrigation District Board of Directors meeting, the Board adopted a resolution which declared a continued water emergency for 2015. This resolution accompanies the drought ordinance which went into effect in March 2014:

Link to Drought Ordinance

Irrigation Season:
The good news in there will be a 2015 irrigation season. However, Collins Lake is currently 1,200 acre feet (or about 2 feet of lake elevation) short of what is needed for a "normal" full irrigation season. There may be some shortages throughout the season if we do not receive any more rain.

At this time no specific date has been set to begin the 2015 irrigation season as it is generally weather driven. However, the Board of Directors will discuss this topic at the next scheduled Board meeting on March 26, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

October 27, 2014

Water season over

At Thursday night�s Board meeting, the Board confirmed staff�s recommendation to end the irrigation season on Friday, October 24th. We have very little water left in Collins Lake and hope to have a wet enough winter to fill the Lake during the off season.

Thanks to all of you for helping to stretch these supplies during this Drought.

October 21, 2014

Expect Irrigation Season to End October 24th

The District expects to shut the water off Friday, October 24, thus ending the 2014 irrigation season and is pending Board approval at the October 23rd Board meeting. Please take the time now to prepare for the offseason while the water is still on.

BVID extends a heartfelt thank you to all District customers for the efforts made to conserve water. Your efforts have made it possible to have a full irrigation season.

September 02, 2014

Note to customers

As we are getting closer to the end of the irrigation season, BVID cannot thank you enough for your efforts toward conserving water. Because of you, we are still on track to deliver a full season of irrigation water into at least the beginning of November. Keep up the good work in making every drop count.

Rainwater In Ditches

We are thankful for the rain that has fallen in the last few days. It has caused ditches and pipelines within the District to fill with water. As a result, some people may be getting water from their service while others do not. Be assured that all of this water is runoff from the much needed precipitation and is not the result of releases from Collins Lake.

With consistent rain, water will pool in the ditches or flow as if it is being released from Collins Lake. In the winter, ditches are set up in a way that helps prevent flooding, while still providing the added benefit of capturing some water that may be used by our customers.

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.: Note: Before You Call, Check Filters :.

If you are experiencing loss in pressure or flow, before requesting a service call, please check any filters you may have installed on your system. A significant number of service calls are the result of plugged filters on personal irrigations sytems. BVID is not responsible for cleaning out personal filters & irrigation systems, however, if you feel that your service box is plugged or the BVID piping is blocked please give us a call at (530) 742-6044.

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