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Drought looms; irrigation supply concerns deepen | Preston Citizen

Drought looms; irrigation supply concerns deepen

January 23, 2014


Assistant editor

Even though snow storms have rolled through the area the past few days, some area farmers are getting worried about irrigation supplies for this coming growing season.

Officials say unless wet conditions materialize in the next six-to-eight weeks, there is a mounting cause for concern.


Lauritz Smith, water master for Twin Lakes Canal Company, said despite the dry and warm fall, irrigation reservoirs that hold water for farmers are about 41 percent full. Twin Lakes Canal Company stores water in Twin Lakes, Condie and Winder reservoirs and serves mostly farmers on the West Side.

“We are holding about 7,500 acre feet in these impoundments. When totally full, they are capable of holding 18,000 acre feet,” he said.

“If we don’t get some significant moisture in the mountains and valley in coming weeks, it will be a matter of concern. The reservoirs only hold about 50 percent of the water our irrigators need each growing season and we had an extremely dry summer and fall. Up until recently, we haven’t seen much snow.

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