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2019 Allotment Announcement

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 15:21

At the regular North Unit Irrigation District board meeting held on March 12, 2019 the board of directors set 2019 irrigation season allotments at 1.5 acre-feet per acre for Deschutes and .75 acre feet per acre for Crooked River acres respectively.  A 2019 irrigation start date was not set given current weather/snow conditions and conditions will continue to be monitored for a start date determination.  Although the recent snow events have greatly improved conditions in the region it did not entirely eradicate drought conditions or concerns.  While the extreme drought status has been lifted, over 60% of the state remains in severe to moderate drought including portions of Central Oregon.  Snow accounts indicate that snowpack that influences NUID water supplies is average for the most part but the next few weeks and coming months will ultimately determine the water supply picture for this spring and summer.  As noted above the district will continue to monitor conditions to determine an irrigation startup date as well as supply conditions.


Piping Projects Proceed throughout Basin

Thursday, 07 February 2019 08:22

This year finalizes our 58-11 lateral piping project- marking one of North Unit Irrigation District's largest lateral piping project to date. The project spans 5 miles and is estimated to conserve over 2000 AF of water per irrigation season.


North Unit is not the only ones making great strides in massive piping projects. We share the vigor with Tumalo and Central Oregon Irrigation District, fellow irrigation districts within the Deschutes Basin who's water savings benefit us all.

Showcased in this video, North Unit and our fellow Irrigation District's are proud to share the massive feats of water savings found in these projects and grateful for the many hands who bring these victories to fruition.



2019 Rebates to upgrade and fix your sprinklers

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 11:06

Did you know that on average 50% of the irrigation systems installed throughout this region are in need of repair? Yes, you can see them spraying water, but inefficient and ineffective irrigation systems will eat up your water allotment and lower your potential crop yield. For example, did you know your sprinklers and pressure regulators alone need to be replaced every 5-7 years? Maybe that’s a simple place to start in order to improve your yield/drop of water ordered.


So if you are looking to make the most of the water available, this is the year to fine-tune your irrigation system. And there are many different options in place to help fund the types of repairs.

LEPA - LESA  Low Energy Precision Application    Low Elevation Spray Application


LEPA - LESA Short Handout


Rebates available through Energy Trust of Oregon have recently been updated but are still valuable. For program details, click here

Below are the simple updates for the 2019 rebate program and the forms available to process your rebate.

Irrigation Rebate Form:

Please note the following four changes to the irrigation rebate form:

  • Removed a measure: New rotating type sprinklers that replace worn low-pressure sprinklers
  • Changed the incentive for New Multiple Configuration Nozzle for Low Pressure Systems from $3.00 to $2.75 / Nozzle
  • Changed the incentive for New Nozzles for impact Sprinklers that replace existing worn nozzles from $1.50 to $.75 / nozzle
  • Changed the incentive for New Gaskets from $2.75 to $2.00 per gasket



We added a new rebate for converting a linear or pivot to a MESA, LESA, LEPA, or PMDI system. Please see the attached rebate form 420PL Pivot and Linear Efficiency Upgrade to



If you receive power through Central Electric Cooperative, Inc, go here for rebate options for new sprinklers, VFD pumps and pump testing.

For more answers and ideas of how you can improve your on-farm efficiency and receive rebates through our local resources, call into the district office and ask for Lisa.



Energy Trust - Pacific Power - Portland General Electric

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:00

Rotating sprinklers offer a new spin on savings with incentives from Energy Trust of Oregon

When it comes to irrigation, uniformity is the magic word. One of the best ways to improve uniformity is to install rotating sprinklers. Growers are replacing worn low-pressure or impact sprinklers with new rotators and saving money at every turn. With assistance from vendors, they’re saving even more by choosing equipment that qualifies for cash incentives from Energy Trust.


To learn how Energy Trust can help you save with new rotating sprinklers, talk to your vendor, or visit www.Energy Trust

Energy Trust Application


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