Despite early year predictions of a water shortage, Woodbridge Irrigation District has confirmed there is enough water in Pardee Dam for its customers to irrigate normally this season.
"No farmers will be shorted this season," said district manager Andy Christensen at a board of directors meeting Thursday.
The bounty of water is a result of decent spring rains after a dry winter, plenty of snowmelt and leftover storage from the 2011 water year, said Russ Taylor, of East Bay Munincipal Utility District.
For WID to receive its 60,000 acre-feet entitlement of water, there must be at least 375,000 acre-feet of water stored. Back in February, it didn't look promising. The total rainfall from August 2011 to February was pretty far below average.
It wasn't until a very rainy 30 days in March and April of this year that things turned around. Nearly 20 inches of rain fell between March 1 and April 1. It wasn't enough to for rainfall levels to reach average, but it was enough to get back on track for local irrigation needs.
As of July 1, there was 460,000 acre-feet stored in Pardee.
This water level success was possible through two factors, said Taylor. There was a very high carryover of water from last year, when 67.46 inches of rain fell, or about 139 percent of average. Also, spring runoff from the Sierras peaked in April rather than May.
The board of directors was pleased to hear they would have enough water to meet their customers' needs.
"When it turned 100 degrees, I waited for my phone to ring (with customers needing water) and it didn't, so you guys are doing good," said board president Bill Stokes.
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