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April 2024 update: The current river flow is enough to meet the irrigation demand. Irrigation demand is the crop requirement plus the amount of water needed for river conveyance and application to fields.

Irrigation system operators (ISOs) will provide notice of water availability.

Water Distribution Division Vision Statement:

To be recognized in the community for our transparency, integrity, and dedication to distributing water equitably and efficiently to MRGCD irrigators.

Water Supply:

The delivery of irrigation water within the MRGCD is highly dependent on the natural flow of the Rio Grande. At times, supplemental water may be available from storage to minimize the effect of low Rio Grande flow on the irrigation water supply. Click HERE for more information on current river flow and storage conditions.

Rotational Scheduling:

There are times when the water supply is insufficient to meet the needs of all irrigators. During water shortages, the MRGCD schedules irrigation deliveries on a rotational basis. Rotational scheduling is a systematic rotation of water designed for equitable distribution. In rotational scheduling, irrigation intervals depend on supply, demand, and efficiency.

Demand Scheduling:

When the available water supply meets or exceeds the irrigation demand, irrigation deliveries may be provided according to a demand scheduling system. Demand scheduling is intended to provide water users with the right amount of water at the right time to meet the crop demand. In demand scheduling, irrigation intervals depend on efficiency, crop type, soil type, and weather.



MRGCD Scheduling & Delivery Process:


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