3/16/21: Water rate set for 2021 season, fiscal year 2022 budget adopted

Water rate set for 2021 season, fiscal year 2022 budget adopted

March 16, 2021

The Merced Irrigation District Board of Directors set a water price of $50 per acre foot for in-District growers today. Faced with a dry year and limited water supply, the Board allocated 2.5 acre feet of water per acre for Class I in-District growers. Decisions related to local water transfers will be made on or before April 15 based on developing weather and water-supply conditions.

In a separate action, the Board adopted a $108 million budget today for the 2022 Fiscal Year.

MID began taking water orders from growers the first week of March and previously stated that water deliveries would begin as demand increased from growers.

In addition to the 2.5 acre foot water allocation, MID is implementing its Supplemental Water Supply Pool Program to assist those needing additional water. The program was used during the last multi-year drought. A voluntary subscription program, it relies on conjunctively managed groundwater: each year MID operations replenish more than 100,000 acre feet of groundwater for use in dry years.

The season’s grower packets will be mailed out in the coming days and information made available online at www.MercedID.org.

 Options for ordering water include:

  • Orders may be placed anytime online at www.mercedid.org.
  • Orders may be placed anytime using MID’s automated water ordering system at (866) 825-2475.
  • During weekday business hours, orders may be placed by calling MID Customer Service at (209) 722-2720 or toll-free at (800) 750-2720.

This year’s water rate will continue to both support a balanced budget while also continuing to support multiple ongoing legal challenges to MID’s water rights.

The $108 million consolidated budget includes revenues of approximately $19.3 million from the Water Resources Department, $13.6 million from the Hydroelectric Department and approximately $69.3 million from the Energy Resources Department. MID will continue meeting all its bond covenant requirements and cash reserve guidelines for fiscal year 2022.

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