Category Archives: Activities & Projects

Prison Inmate Labor Crews working in Boardman

We are starting the manual cleaning of the open ditches and the concrete work on the main canal in early January.  We will bring in the labor crew from Two Rivers Correctional Institution (the prison inmate work crew) beginning January 8 and continuing through mid-March.

This is the 18th year that we have used the Inmate Program for cleaning of the laterals and the 5th year for using them on the concrete main canal.  We have been very pleased with the work in both time and value to the District.

Information about the inmate work crew:

  • Crew work hours will generally be from 8:15 am to 3:00 pm
  • We will start at Lateral 31 (the west end) and work up the canal
  • We may bring in a second crew if we get behind due to cold weather
  • The crews will be on the lateral or the canal right-of-way
  • A District employee and a prison guard will be with them at all times
  • The work crew will be clearly identifiable
  • These are low security inmates, specifically selected for this work

If you live along the main canal or an open lateral and want to be notified a day in advance of the prison labor crew working along your property, please call the District office at 541-922-3814.  We will put you on the notification list.  You need to call in each year that you want to be notified, as we don’t keep records from year to year.

Thank you, and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

 

IPS-7th St. Pump Station Work Scheduled

We have an urgent repair to do on the 7th Street booster station on the Irrigon Pressurized System.  We have been waiting for a window to do the work when the weather changes and our parts are ready.

The repair is scheduled for June 8 and 9.  This will meanthat there will be no irrigation water for those served by this booster station for those 2 days. 

The system will go off on Thursday morning, June 8.  It will be off Thursday and Friday to do the repair.  We plan to bring it back up on Saturday morning, June 10, barring any unforeseen problems.

This only affects those served by the 7th Street booster station and not the whole Irrigon system.

Winter Work in Full Swing

Irrigon Pressurized System

Trench between old steel pipe and new pvc pipe where next length of pvc pipe will be laid.
Trench between old steel pipe and new pvc pipe where next length of pvc pipe will be laid.
Putting sling on new length of pipe to carry it with excavator into trench.
Putting sling on new length of pipe to carry it with excavator into trench.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lowering next length of pvc pipe into trench.
Lowering next length of pvc pipe into trench.
Aligning the new length of pipe in the trench to match up with the new pipeline.
Aligning the new length of pipe in the trench to match up with the new pipeline.

 

 

 

 

 

District crews are busy replacing deteriorating steel mainline from the Columbia River Pump Station to the PVC distribution lines.  Those lines have been replaced over the last 15 years.  There are a few sections of 12-inch distribution lines to be replaced also.

 

Main Canal
Crews have already begun replacing deteriorating and failing panels.  30 concrete panels have been replaced so far in the 8th Street West area, with about 8-9 more to be replaced there to complete that project.  There will be MANY more panels to replace along the length of the canal throughout the winter, this is just the first project.  We will also have someone in the excavator all winter cleaning silt and debris out of the bottom of the canal – an endless job!

 

If you have any maintenance concerns, please call the office at 541-922-3814 right away so they can be evaluated.  If work does need to be done, it’s easier to get the news now rather than just before water starts when it is harder to schedule.  Thanks!

Office Closed for Painting

PaintingWe will be painting the interior of our office and will have limited office hours this week.  It has been many years since the office was painted, and it shows.

We will be open Monday and Tuesday regular hours.

The office will be closed Wednesday – Friday for moving and painting and closed Monday, 1/11 for moving back into the office.

Please DO NOT put payments in the drop box, as the only person here during the time we are closed will be our painter.  Also, as everything will be out of the office, including our telephone, there will be no way to leave a message.  Please call back on Tuesday, January 12.

Thanks for your understanding and patience as we go through this process.

Shutdown Dates

The shutdown dates have been set.  If weather turns cold/wet, shutdown may occur earlier.  Shutdowns will start at 7:00 a.m.

10/14 — Irrigon Pressurized & Non-Pressurized
10/21 — Main Canal, Umatilla, South Irrigon, Boardman

Don’t forget to drain and winterize your system.
If you have a meter, remove or winterize it.
Be sure to call the final meter reading into the office.

Here are some documents for your reference:
Your Delivery System
Winterizing Your System
Winterizing Your Lawn

Please call the office at 541-922-3814 if you have any questions.