MID Board approves annual budget and sets 2024 water rate

March 6, 2024

The Merced Irrigation District Board of Directors has adopted a $162.5 million budget for Fiscal Year 2025 and established an in-district water rate of $50 per acre foot for this year’s irrigation season. MID Customer Service is currently accepting water orders. Water deliveries to growers will begin in the coming weeks as water demand builds in each distribution area. 

Lake McClure, MID’s primary surface water storage facility, is currently at its maximum operating level allowed for this time of year with approximately 660,000 acre feet of water in storage. 

“We had good carryover storage from last year and some late-season snow that has tremendously improved our overall water supply forecasts,” said MID General Manager John Sweigard. 

Deputy General Manager of Water Resources Bryan Kelly said the 2025 Grower Information Packets will be mailed out soon and invited growers to contact their local Distribution System Operator at any time. 

Options for ordering water include:

 • Orders may be placed anytime online by clicking here.

• Orders may be placed anytime using MID’s automated water ordering system at (866) 825-2475.

During weekday business hours, orders may also be placed by calling MID Customer Service at (209) 722-2720 or toll-free at (800) 750-2720.

• Orders may be placed in person during weekday business hours at MID’s office, located at 744 W. 20th Street in Merced.

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