Brown Valley, Ca.
Although BVID intended to end the irrigation season this Friday, we have
been monitoring the announcement from PG&E regarding planned power outages
in response to the red flag warnings. As of this morning, BVID is extending
service through the weekend to ensure water is available if your wells are
offline. Please remember that during high winds, BVID outages are very
common as leaves and debris accumulate in the ditches.
It is also important to remember that as an "Irrigation District," our
charter (and legal existence) is to provide irrigation water for production
agriculture. While we encourage you as neighbors to use the water to help
prevent wildland fires around your property, or to even combat small,
localized fires, BVID water cannot be considered a reliable source for fire
suppression. Though we do consider the danger for many decisions, our one
and only operational focus is to provide irrigation water for production
Because of this obligation, it becomes a fine line between balancing the
water in the reservoir for when plants are actively growing in the Spring
and Summer, versus other uses when not much is growing this late into the
Fall (as is the case now). We are now below 40% of capacity, and with no
indication of what this winter will bring to refill the reservoir; we are
already past the point of not being able to supply water for the next
irrigation season without substantial inflow.
Nevertheless, with the possibility of prolonged power outages, we want to be
sure any remaining irrigation needs that would have otherwise been met by
your wells after Friday, are still being met through the weekend if they are