Sept 15, 2017 News

9/15/17 The Board had the monthly meeting yesterday and no set date is scheduled to turn the water off for the rest of the Grants Pass area as of yet.  It will be announced in the paper and put on this web site as well as the radio.

9/5/17 The second phase of the repair on the Sand Creek and Highline canal is scheduled to start next week.  The Highline canal will be shut down at Allen Creek near New Hope all the way out to the Applegate River. 8/18/17 The Savage Lateral line is repaired and back up and running.  Please keep to your scheduled time to water.  It will take some time to come back up to what it should be.  It was just turned on about 1/2 hour ago.  8/17/17 Sorry this line just had to be completely turned off now.  It was going to blow out and run out on the State Hwy. We also turned off Coho to do a repair and it will be a day or two yet to get accomplished.  Also the Kokanee line is down for repairs. 8/14/17 We are having to baby the Savage Lateral due to the fact that it is ready to blow out.  The engineer will be looking at it to figure out what we have to do to repair.  In the meantime we had to turn this lateral down to keep from completely loosing the ditch and  blowing out and flooding people.  This is why people are not getting their water in the Rogue River area around 6500 block.  We apologize for the inconvenience but it was necessary to turn this down.   7/27/17 8:30 AM the Garden Terrace area is off for leaks in the ditch until repaired. 7/20/17 The Maintenance crew will be shutting off the Dowell Pump to do clean up on the line and this will effect several the little ditch that runs the Dowell, Arnold, Elk Lane, to Majestic.  We were unable to turn on the Schutzwohl line on today behind Albertson’s as it is a three man job.  That line was just fixed and it requires more man power to turn the line on*  The line on Fruitdale is already repaired and back up and running.4:00 PM on 7/19/17.  7/19/17 The Fruitdale Line had to be turned off for repairs.  We hope to have it back on soon.  7/14/17 We had to turn off the Playford line due to a breakage.  We tried to repair today and it burst apart and we had to do a re-do.  There was cement poured this time and will take over night to dry.  That line will be turned back on 7/15/17.  This effects Sunset/Playford/Florence/E. Park/Tobin Court/Watson Drive/Vista/Oak.  We apologize for the inconvenience of this to everyone. 6/29/17 The District is still trying to do catch up with getting the Jerome Prairie area the water needed by all.  There have been numerous obstacles in accomplishing this before now.  People turning on valves too soon and getting lines plugged and the water backs up and then floods others in various areas near by and then we have to turn off and take care of the plug in able to get water started again.  Its all very frustrating to all.  The guys are working as hard as they can and as fast as they can.  The office staff does not always know where the guys are working all the time, because the issues switch so fast.  We can only try to keep up with them. Management has hired two new people to help with all of this in hopes it will soon take care of itself. With people taking the water out of turn because they see the water has created still yet another obstacle.  The District apologizes, but it all goes back to Sand Creek was not fixed and ready to start when it got hot.  This was not the District’s repair.  We just put the problem area in the FEMA hands to solve so that we could get the Jerome Prairie water for the summer.    6/16/17 The Construction crew that was doing the repair for Sand Creek is about complete.  The engineers are checking the system over to make sure everything is done correctly.  If everything goes good, we will try and start that line up on Monday 6/19, 17.  We have to check for any leaks and make sure everything is running good before we completely turn that line on.  So it may be slow for a few days and if everything goes correct that line will be fully charged.  We appreciate your patience.  Thankfully we had some rain recently and it has not been hot.  5/23/17 The River is low enough to start our work that has to be done before we can turn the pumps on.  We thank you for your patience.  So we started pumping water and it will take time to get to the other end of town. It has been an unusual year from an extreme amount of rain water; and then Army Corp of Engineers had to let out an extreme amount of water from Lost Creek Lake for the incoming snow melt off.  These are the things that have caused us to be late turning on the water for the 2017 season. The District has turned the water on this date of the year before; but unfortunately, the Rogue River is running too high this year from all the winter rain and snow. Lost Creek has already started releasing water to prepare for the massive snow water runoff coming. It has driven up the high water on the river and keeps us from doing our job of cleaning the fish screens in front of the pumps before we can turn them on. We are expecting a two week delay, but will post on this web site and in the paper when we can turn the pumps on. We remind people to not use the canals and ditches for trash disposal. This clogs up all the grates, valves, and piped lines along the canals and ditches. It keeps people from getting their irrigation until we can get the time to blow out the lines of debris.

Be sure to turn in your No Spray form if you don’t want us to spray your property for weeds. We begin spraying in February this year.

Assessments will be mailed out after January 18th. We will have a new look this year! So you will not be looking for a post card, but a letter. The District decided that too many post cards were being missed and lost by our patrons. We hope this helps with that this year.

Do not plant trees and shrubs on our easements. This creates a problem with the water flows and we have to go in and remove.