Good news for irrigation customers: Ken’s Lake level is at 90 percent full

Rainy weather throughout the spring, coupled with a slower-melting mountain snowpack, could mean good news this growing season for area farmers who use Ken’s Lake water to irrigate their fields.

As of press time, Grand Water and Sewer Service Agency irrigation customers still have a watering restriction in place, amounting to a 25 percent reduction from each user’s regular allotment.

However, GWSSA Manager Mark Sovine told The Times-Independent this week that he expects the restriction to be eased or even eliminated at the agency’s regular board meeting, scheduled for Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m.

“I do expect the board to ease the restrictions at tomorrow’s meeting, but [I am] not sure [by] how much,” Sovine said Wednesday morning.

Sovine also noted that the water level in Ken’s Lake peaked this week at 2,310 acre-feet, or about 90 percent of capacity. The reservoir’s level had been steadily increasing in recent weeks, climbing from 1,658 acre feet on May 21 to 1,725 acre feet on June 7, which marked the average level the lake has seen over the past 15 years, according to GWSSA data.

“I expect it to start dropping,” Sovine said.

If any change in watering restrictions is made during the June 25 board meeting, irrigation customers will be notified directly, agency officials said.

At their most recent regular meeting on June 4, GWSSA board members had considered easing the restrictions, but decided to delay taking action until after the lake’s level had peaked.

Also on June 4, the GWSSA board awarded a bid for a project to replace the pipeline leading to the agency’s 3 million gallon water tank. Nelco Constructors of Price was the winning bidder at $200,949. Nelco is expected to begin work on the project soon, replacing the existing piping with high-density polyethylene.

ByBy Jeff Richards

Contributing Writer