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HOURS: 7am to 5pm, Monday - Friday

(Office will be closed all major holidays.)

Phone: 509.925.6158

Fax: 509.925.7425


PO Box 276

Ellensburg, WA 98926


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.


Due to the current Yakima Basin drought conditions, the Board of Directors passed a motion to reduce the KRD assessed land water allotment from 2.0 cubic feet per second (cfs) per acre to 1.75 cfs per acre as a result of the District’s reduced pro-rated allotment of 72% to be received from the Bureau of Reclamation. 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.


WATER SUPPLY UPDATE - AUGUST 23, 2023- The current KRD landowner allotment for the 2023 year remains at 1.75 Cubic Feet Per Second (or 3.5 acre-feet) per assessed acre. Due to the levels KRD needs to operate the canals and laterals until September 30, 2023, the KRD is now delivering at ½ of a California miner’s inch per acre. KRD anticipates further reductions in September.  Thank you to everyone for continuing to be as conservative as possible with water use, this will help us all get through the rest of this difficult water supply year.

The KRD will update this information as it is made available from the US Bureau of Reclamation Yakima Project.


Landowners throughout the system will be able to call in water orders to Ditch Riders at 509-925-6158 between 7:00am-7:45am. All water orders need to be placed 48 hours in advance. 



*Amended Newspaper Publication

SEPA Checklist-KRD Tributary Supplementation Program – North Branch Canal Above I-90, Johnson to Stevens Road Project

SEPA-Determination of Non-Significance

KRD Board Meeting

Agenda & Minutes

Kittitas County Joint Control Board #1

Agenda & Minutes

KRD 2023 Newlsetter

Water Ordering 101


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 2001, 2005, 2015, and 2019.

  • 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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