Elephant Butte Irrigation District’s Board of Directors met on Friday June 21st in a special session to discuss the surface water allotment. They increased this to 14 inches (14”) and stated that they expect to run surface water deliveries into the first week of September.
The previous allotment had been set at 10 inches in May. Dr. Phil King, EBID engineering consultant, said that he is expecting runoff up into the middle of fall this year instead of the typical end date of July 31st.
Reminder: The 2nd Flat Rate (Small Tract) Irrigation Weekend has been set for the weekend of July 13-14. Flat rate accounts are defined as less than two acres of land owned within EBID boundaries with water rights and paid in full status. The average delivery charge for small tracts is 6 inches (6”) and flat rate accounts may water only once during the scheduled weekend from midnight Friday to midnight Sunday.
Water orders are starting to pick up according to James Narvaez, EBID Irrigation Systems Director. When demand is good this leads to increased efficiency in the water delivery system. For farmers’ convenience water orders can be placed through the Farmer Services tab on the District’s website.
For questions or additional information contact the EBID Main Office at 575-526-6671 or refer to the website at www.ebid-nm.org. Updates on irrigation news as well as other items of interest are also posted on the EBID FaceBook page.