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.
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!
We 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.
WEID has rain gauges available to landowners in order to monitor your water use. This will help you use only the water that your crop (lawn, pasture, corn, etc.) needs. The gauges are available at no charge to you.
You will find the last 7 days of water needed for your crop and the forecast for the next week. Needs will change as the season progresses. Use of your rain gauge will assure you are not putting on too much or too little water for the needs of your crop. Thanks to IRZ Consulting for this helpful service. They are located in Hermiston.
You may have seen WEID crews around town closing drain valves in preparation for staring the Irrigon Pump Station tomorrow, April 1. The system will take most of the day to fill. Booster stations will be turned on as needed after that.
Pump stations in the rest of the district will be turned on as we can go down the canal. We can’t turn them all on at the same time (we can’t be everywhere at the same time!). Our plan is to have everyone turned on by the weekend.
We will begin on the same schedule as last year. We will be getting updated schedules out in the next few weeks. If you have any schedule changes you would like, please call the office and we may be able to make the change. However, the goal is always for water economics, especially in this dry year.
As you may remember, the board changed the due dates of the annual charges from April 15 and July 15 to April 1 and July 1 several years ago.
If your account is current (2014 is paid in full), you are eligible for 6-month or 12-month payment arrangements with no finance charges. Arrangements must be made in writing, so contact the office if you are interested. Payments are generally due by the 25th of the month.
6-month plans are available for all eligible water users. 12-month plans are available for those on a fixed income (retirement, disability, etc.)
Note: 6-month plans are March – August, so both the first payment and the April payment must be paid by April 25th.