Southwest Idaho Farmers To Pay More For Water As Irrigation System Gets Repaired

Apr 5, 2017

The Owyhee Project provides water from the Owyhee Reservoir to almost 1,800 farms in southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon. But despite ample snow and rain this winter, the irrigation district will charge $4 more per acre for water this season.

That’s because the irrigation system is in need of repairs, according to the Capital Press newspaper. The Owyhee project was built in 1932 and is close to reaching its expected life span.

Irrigation managers recently completed about $700,000 worth of repairs.

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