A.C.I.D. Agricultural Water Users Will Get No Water Deliveries

The Anderson Cottonwood Irrigation District has been operating for 106 years, and for the first time ever, not one drop of water will be provided to their 800 agricultural customers this year. The effects on south county farmers will be devastating. The Bureau of Reclamation has informed the canal managers that they can provide less than 20% of their allocation, and that leaves them high and dry, unable to provide any irrigation water. However, in order to qualify for any future drought disaster program, customers need to demonstrate their intent to irrigate. That apparently means they have to pay 50% of their water payment by April 10th. A.C.I.D. management says the money will be refunded after April 14th, when the unavailability of the water is confirmed by the federal government.