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2024 Water Authorization
If water for your property is to be ordered by ANYONE OTHER THAN THE LEGAL OWNER, KRD requires a signed authorization form on file for that person(s). Note: There will be a delay for orders called in by an unauthorized person.
You must select one option below. How is the authorized person allowed to use the water allotment?
 
KRD OFFICE INFO

HOURS: 7am to 5pm, Monday - Friday

(Office will be closed all major holidays.)

Phone: 509.925.6158

Fax: 509.925.7425

MAILING ADDRESS

PO Box 276

Ellensburg, WA 98926

OFFICE ADDRESS

315 N Water St

Ellensburg, WA 98926

 

As a reminder, the KRD canal system and operational roads that surround them are for maintenance only. Please be safe, stay out of the canals and laterals as well as off the ditch bank roads.

 

 

 

 

ORDERING WATER

Kittitas Reclamation District (KRD) declared a drought emergency on May 14, 2024. Due to the current Yakima Basin drought conditions, the Board of Directors passed a motion to reduce the KRD assessed land water allotment from 1.4 cubic feet per second (cfs) per acre to 1.25 cfs per acre for this year. This is a result of the reduced pro-rated water allotment from the Bureau of Reclamation.  Until the next Board meeting on June 4, 2024, KRD plans to continue to attempt to deliver water at 1 California miners’ inch per acre (9 gallons per minute), at which time data will be reassessed. KRD anticipates and is planning for further reductions in daily flows in July and August and ceasing irrigation deliveries in late August 2024.  The Secretary-Manager of KRD has been directed by the KRD Board to pursue any action necessary to mitigate the harm to the KRD water users and the anticipated economic loss resulting from the reduced supply of irrigation water because of the current drought.

 To order water by calling their Ditch Riders at 509-925-6158 between 7:00am-7:45am.

Ditch Riders

Ride 1 – Ditch Rider: Nick Newton, Location: West of Ellensburg, in the Manastash Rd, Weaver Rd, Robinson Canyon Rd areas.​

Ride 2 – Ditch Rider: Matt Phillips, Location: Hayward Hill (Yakima Pressure Tunnel Outlet to Naneum Rd area.

Ride 4 – Ditch Rider: Matt McCune, Location: Naneum Rd and east to KRD boundary, South to Sorenson Rd, Hamilton Rd area.

Ride 5 – Ditch Rider: Steven Gordon, Location: Badger Pocket area.

Ride 6 – Ditch Rider: Jacob Heyen, Location: Upper Kittitas County.

Ride 7 – Ditch Rider: David Mayer, Location: East of Ellensburg, Pumping Plant Rd area.

 

About KRD

The Kittitas Reclamation District is located in Central Washington in the Kittitas Valley.

KRD facts:

  • Approximately two thirds of all the irrigated acres in Kittitas County, approximately 60,000 acres, are serviced by the KRD's 330 miles of canals and laterals.

  • It is the 6th largest irrigation district in Washington State.

  • Thirty siphons, the longest is 3325 feet in length, and eleven tunnels help the canal keep as much elevation as possible.

  • From its start at Lake Easton Dam to its terminus on the Turbine Lateral where it spills to the Yakima River the canal only loses 310 feet in those 78 miles.

  • The KRD has a pro-ratable water right. In a drought year, when there is less water than it takes to fulfill all of the non-prorated water rights in the Yakima River basin, the KRD will receive less than its full entitlement. The last major shortfalls were in 1992-1994, 2001, 2005, 2015, 2019, and 2023.

  • The KRD budget is funded by landowner assessments. The rates of assessment, as well as all KRD policies, are determined by a Board of Directors who are elected from landowners within the District. Board meetings are open to the public and are usually held the first Tuesday of every month at the KRD office.

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