Alta Irrigation District

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Drought Conditions Impact Alta Irrigation District’s 2021 Water Run

Dinuba, CA – Limited snowpack within the Kings River watershed and dry weather conditions foretell of reduced surface water supply this irrigation season for water users. According to Bulletin 120 from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), Kings River runoff is projected to be less than thirty (30) percent of average. DWR’s water supply projections fell 30 points since release of its first report in February. If dry weather continues for the remainder of this year, total runoff volume for the Kings River may be one of ten driest events since the late 1890s.

Alta Irrigation District faces uncertainty regarding this year’s water run because of dry weather conditions and mild spring temperatures. During this type of weather pattern, Kings River runoff occurring in May determines when the District may start water run and its anticipated duration. The 2014 water run was the last time the District experienced water conditions like this year – that water run was about 25 days and it started in mid-July. So, visit the District’s website mid June for the next update on this year’s water run.




Seasonal Maintenance I/Ditchtender

Alta Irrigation District is accepting applications for a Seasonal Maintenance I/Ditchtender position.  Contact Marc Limas at 559.591.0800 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application.    Position open until filled.

Public Hearing

Alta Irrigation District will hold a Public Hearing on December 10, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. regarding the adoption of the Miscellaneous Fee Schedule.  To participate in the Public Hearing call (559) 823-8500 at 9:30 a.m. on December 10, 2020.


    Miscellaneous Fee Schedule

     Miscellaneous Services                                                                                                            Fee

ACH Payments

$2.00 per transaction

Annexation Deposit


Credit Card Payments

4% of Transaction

District Employee Burden

54% of hourly rate

District Employee Time


Encroachment Fee


Non-Urban Project Deposit


Project-related Engineering Services


Project-related Legal Services


Returned Checks


Urban Project Deposit




Maintenance Activity Update

The purpose of this message is to highlight new activities by District crews and to update you on the status of ditch plow efforts.  See attachment for photos of current activities.  As I have mentioned in previous messages, today’s activities are the product of planning efforts from 2017/18 and consistent with the reoperation theme implemented during the 2017 irrigation season, which yielded the longest water run in half a century. 

About two weeks ago, the District resurrected a large scraper blade in order to test its effectiveness on cleaning O&M roads of medium sized ditches.  This plow was tested on Wilson (along Roads 80 and 88), Button (along Ave 384), and it is currently being tested on Monsoon 2 (along Ave 400).  Once the weeds are removed and weather conditions are right, the District will make these areas a priority for its revamped spray program.

At this time, the ditch plow is on standby while the District’s equipment operator is working on reshaping areas that could not be reached with the plow.  Once all earthen plugs are removed and those inaccessible reaches are reshaped, the District will resume plow activity in the Cutler-Orosi area – the greatest concentration of plowable ditches are located south of Avenue 416 and east of Road 80. 

Lastly, annual assessment invoices were mailed last week and pre-paid water surcharge notices are scheduled to mailed this Friday.

Click the link below to see more maintenance activity

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