Residents who use irrigation water from the city of Kuna may see ditches and pipes run dry by mid summer unless action is taken by the city to ration. Janice Yerton, Kuna Water Superintendent, said that the irrigation allotment will run out sometime in mid July. She recommended to Mayor Greg Nelson that pressurized irrigation water be cut off Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays to extend the number of days water will be available. This, she said, will extend the irrigation water in to August.
There have been short water years before according to Yerton. Normally Kuna gets about 4,800 acre feet of water. This year she said Kuna was allocated just 1,800 acre feet.
“I haven’t seen it this bad,” Yerton said in regards to early shutoff of water.
Mayor Greg Nelson is also concerned about the irrigation water shortage and said that Kuna residents will be asked to water every other day.
“Even number address homes will water on even numbered days, odd addresses on odd days,” the Mayor said. He feels that this will get us started on rationing but that more drastic measures might need to be taken to extend the irrigation water season. Whichever action is taken, the city council may need to approve it.
“I’ve never seen it this bad this early,” said Mayor Nelson.
While irrigation water may be cut off as the summer months are at their hottest, residents will still be able to water their lawns using city water. The mayor sees no anticipated problems with the extra load but will continue to recommend that residents adhere to an even-odd watering system once the irrigation water runs out to avoid a strain on the system.
When it comes to conserving water for lawns, there is much advice about watering between 3 a.m. and dawn. Janice Yerton says that so many people heed this advice that it drops the pressure on the whole system and people inadequately water their lawns. She advised to take a look at when people are watering and set your sprinklers to another time.
“If you water in the afternoon,” Yerton said, “the pressure should be full again.”