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Columbia Irrigation District’s office is open Monday – Friday from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm located at 10 E Kennewick Avenue, Kennewick, WA.The office phone number is (509) 586-6118. During water season the District is available for emergencies 24 hours a day by calling (509) 586-6118.

2021 CANAL PRIMING DATE
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Columbia Irrigation District will begin filling and flushing the canal system March 21st.  This process takes five to seven days from the time water is turned into the canal at Wanawish Dam and flows through to the end of the canal system.

For those individuals who pump directly from the canal, we strongly urge you not to begin pumping as soon as you see water.  It is very easy to plug your system if you do not allow the weeds and debris to flush out of the canal and it could take three weeks or longer to get you unplugged. Due to high call volumes during priming, the District suggests all valves be in the off position. Allowing the canal to have an initial flush will reduce the call volume and free up the staff to make repairs and clear lines of debris.

Our goal is to deliver water to the entire District by April 15th.  If you do not receive water by then, notify office personnel at 586-6118.  Unfortunately, not everyone can be first to get water.  Thank you for your patience while the crews are doing everything possible to get water to you in a timely manner.

If leaks occur, we will isolate the leak and when we have finished priming the system, we will begin making repairs.  Should you have a problem with your service valve, give our office a call and a work order will be placed on the maintenance schedule.

The system begins at Wanawish Dam where water is diverted from the Yakima River into the main canal.
The CID system consists primarily of open canals, both lined and unlined, which total approximately 41 miles in length.  Some CID lateral pipelines, mostly gravity flow, also exist to distribute water from the canals.  The CID operates and maintains 50 Local Improvement Districts (LIDs) which provide  irrigation water to each individual parcel.

Calling 811, two business days before you begin digging, will alert utilities to come out and mark THEIR buried lines from the street to your house ForFREE! It’s the LAW!    http://www.washington811.com/

Tips to think about before calling the District if you think you are having a problem:

No Water Check your valve – make sure it is open. (all the way)
Low Pressure If you’re using a hose – make sure it is not plugged
Clean your filter