Another Treasure Valley irrigation district is cutting its water supply because of the low snowpack this spring.
The Pioneer Irrigation District Board voted Monday to reduce water deliveries by 30 percent to its 5,800 customers. I reported Friday that the Boise Board of Control, that supplies several irrigation districts from the New York Canal was cutting its water deliveries by two thirds.
Pioneer is cutting less but warned it may end deliveries in mid-August, nearly two months early.
Pioneer officials are hopeful the natural flow from the Boise River will last until mid-May. When That’s over Pioneer will supplement with storage waters, said District Water Superintendent Mark Zirschky.
The District currently has about 52,000 acre feet of storage water available, enough for 90 days supply.
“We will be running the system as lean as we possibly can,” said Pioneer Board Chairman Alan Newill. “We will also need the cooperation of our users to be as conservative as possible.”
If enough rain comes in May Pioneer said it will extend the irrigation season, not increase the supply.
“We felt it was critical that we put in place a plan that will hopefully prove a compromise between water supply and demand,” Newbill said.