Voters ditched plan for Lodi water district in 1926
In 1886, Lodi farmers Ezekiel Lawrence and John Hutchins built a pumping plant on the south bank of the Mokelumne River on Lawrence’s land, just east of today’s Highway 99 bridge. They pumped water out of the river and sent it down a 3-mile ditch to Hutchins’ farm on the south end of Lodi. Their effort to expand this early irrigation system and offer it to other farmers failed.
Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014 10:31 pm
The importance of water was clear from the earliest days of farming in the Lodi area.
“The very life of this community depends upon water,” said attorney A. L. Cowell in urging Lodi voters to approve a proposed water district on March 4, 1926. “Your very prosperity is founded upon water.”
Friday, August 15, 2014 10:31 pm.