Allotment and Start Date Announced

At the North Unit Irrigation District (NUID) Regular Board of Directors Meeting held on March 9, 2021, the NUID board set a tentative irrigation season start date and irrigation supply allotment. Water will begin to be diverted in Bend on Saturday, April 3, with water being available to most NUID water users on Friday, April 9. Water users above Haystack Reservoir (south of Haystack) can begin placing water orders on the NUID Patron Portal (online) or contact their ditch rider by phone between the hours of 6:30am and 7:30am on the morning of Friday, April 9. Water users below Haystack Reservoir (north of Haystack) that want water on Friday, April 9, will need to place their water order on the NUID Patron Portal (online) or call the NUID office the prior day (Thursday, April 8) before 5:00pm. The same water order schedule noted above, 6:30am – 7:30am. above Haystack and before 5:00pm below Haystack, will be followed throughout the irrigation season.
Also, on March 9, 2021, the NUID board of directors set the 2021 irrigation season allotments at 1.00 acre-feet per acre for Deschutes River acres and 0.50 acre-feet per acre for Crooked River acres. This restricted allotment is based on what is projected to be deliverable based on current supplies. NUID will closely monitor water supply conditions throughout the irrigation season and may modify allotments and operations as warranted based on supply conditions.
It goes without saying that this will be yet another challenging and difficult year for NUID and its patrons. Any action water users can take to minimize early season use or demand will help ease the need for early irrigation supply releases from Wickiup Reservoir. Similarly, any measures to conserve water throughout the irrigation season will have a great impact on how the 2021 irrigation season plays out and reservoir storage for the 2022 irrigation season.