EBID Surface Water Delivery System

General Information

EBID Operations Department personnel are responsible for  managing and delivering surface water to irrigators. They monitor and measure  the amount of water delivered to the irrigators by taking multiple meter readings during the irrigations and using that information to calculate the water delivery charge. 

Work is performed throughout the District from the Caballo Dam to the Texas state line along EBID irrigation canals and laterals with personnel based in three locations: the Hatch Yard (North), Las Cruces Yard (Central), and Chamberino Yard (South). 

Operations performs the following functions

  1. Delivers water continuously, with ditch riders on duty 24/7 throughout the irrigation season.
  2. Receives water order tickets from the Water Orders Department and requests from farmers or irrigators for delivery of irrigation water.
  3. Calculates the amount of water needed to fulfill deliveries.
  4. Places orders for water from diversion dams.
  5. Manages the flow of water in canals and laterals to farm turnouts.
  6. Notifies irrigators of delivery times.
  7. Utilizes a Flow Probe Meter (or other measurement methods) to calculate flow of surface water onto irrigated lands.
  8. Performs calculations to determine duration of irrigation. Notifies irrigators of  shutdown times. Reports irrigation time on and time off to the Water Records department.
  9. Coordinates groundwater flow into EBID facilities with pumpers, irrigators, and the EBID  Hydrology Team.
  10. Reports ditch breaks and other right-of-way issues or needs.
  11. Answers questions and provides information regarding water balances and pending orders.
  12. Troubleshoots  and resolves issues and conflicts regarding water deliveries, balances, and discrepancies.

How Operations  Measures Water Delivered

The primary measurement tool is the FlowProbe meter that is  inserted into the flow of water at the turnout. Additional measurement methods  include staff gage readings (upstream and/or downstream of the turnout),  in-stream metering (approximately 20 feet downstream of the turnout), and radio  telemetry units (RTUs) at the turnout. By measuring the flow of water, EBID can  ensure that the amount of water delivered matches the amount ordered and that  the water is equitably distributed to the irrigators.

Water Order and  Operations Contact Information

Water Orders are placed through the Water Records Office by calling (575) 524-8003.

To find the Operations contact number for your unit go to the Contacts page.