About Us


The Tulare Irrigation District is a political subdivision of the State of California – an independent agency operating under the California Water Code. Our purpose is to obtain and deliver a surface water supply for the irrigation of farms in the District and for the recharge of the groundwater basin underlying the District. The District delivers surface water to approximately 230 farms. The exterior boundary encompasses an area of 77,000 acres (Including the City of Tulare which is not part of the District). District acreage is approximately 70,000 acres.

District Announcements

Spring 2022 Depth to Groundwater Report

The Tulare Irrigation District (District) has completed the Spring 2022 depth to groundwater measurements.  The average depth to groundwater across the district is approximately 173 feet.  This represents the lowest groundwater levels in the District since measurements began in 1922.

The District takes readings twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, to try to capture pre-irrigation season and post-irrigation season conditions.  Approximately 100 wells are measured by District staff over a period of approximately two weeks.  The data collected in the field is brought back to the office and three main groundwater products are created.  You can download the three products below by clicking on the links to the documents:

Spring 2022 Depth to Groundwater Contour Map

Historical Depth to Groundwater Charge (1922-2022)

Recent Depth to Groundwater by Section

In response to the ongoing drought and declining groundwater levels, the Mid-Kaweah Groundwater Sustainability Agency (MKGSA) approved the Emergency Ordinance to Establish an Extraction Limitation for the Mid-Kaweah Groundwater Sustainability Agency Service Area (Emergency Ordinance).  This Emergency Ordinance will limit the amount of groundwater that can be used to meet agricultural evapotranspiration from May 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022 to 2.50 acre-feet per acre of evapotranspiration as measured by Land IQ.  If a landowner/grower exceeds the limit, he/she will have access to excess pumping however there are costs and potential loss of future water allocations associated with excess pumping.  The information will be monitored and reported to growers via an online system called the Water Dashboard.  Updates on the rollout of the Emergency Ordinance and the Water Dashboard will be forthcoming.  We encourage all landowners and growers to become familiar with the Emergency Ordinance. 

The Emergency Ordinance can be downloaded at:


Tulare ID Ag Water Management Plan - Public Notice

The Tulare Irrigation District has prepared an Agricultural Water Management Plan (AWMP) in compliance with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) and California Department of Water Resources (DWR).  
The Agricultural Water Management Plan describes Tulare Irrigation District's water supplies and irrigation demand, local conditions, facilities and operations, rules and policies, and a variety of water management activities, including a series of efficient water management practices (EWMPs) designed to improve water use efficiency. 

The Tulare Irrigation District Board of Directors will be holding a public hearing on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 9:00 AM to consider public comments on the proposed Tulare Irrigation District AWMP.  Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Tulare ID Board of Directors meeting will not be held in person and will be conducted virtually via Zoom.  An agenda and link for the meeting will be provided 72-hours prior to the meeting and will be posted to the Tulare Irrigation District website.  Public comments on the AWMP will be taken up to the public hearing.  

Comments can be submitted via email to Marco Crenshaw at mjc@tulareid.org or via US Mail at:

Marco Crenshaw
Tulare Irrigation District
P.O. Box 1920
Tulare, CA 93274

For more information, please contact Marco Crenshaw at mjc@tulareid.org or (559) 686-3425

For a copy of the Tulare Irrigation District Agricultural Water Management Plan please use the link below:

Tulare Irrigation District Agricultural Water Management Plan

Engineering Internship Opportunity

The Tulare Irrigation District is looking for a candidate in the engineering/technical field that is excited to tackle many of the challenges of the agricultural water industry.  This individual will report directly to the General Manager and will be working on various projects and assignments for the Tulare Irrigation District and the Mid-Kaweah Groundwater Sustainability Agency.  

More details can be found by clicking the link below:

Water Resources Engineer - Job Posting

To apply: Qualified candidates please submit your cover letter and complete resume as soon as possible to cearecruiter@employers.org. Upon receipt of your complete resume and cover letter, we will contact those qualified candidates to proceed in the interview process.

Quest for Water: Tulare Irrigation District

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At last, after over five years of research, travel to historical archives housed in distant libraries, fact-checking and fact-checking one more time, and exhaustive professional editing, we are there!  Richard Zack's manuscript of TID's history, starting with its formative years in the late 1880s up to current times, is now made ready for publishing in book form.  It contains some 450 pages and is chock-full of many older photos heretofore unseen in any publication.

For questions about ordering the book please contact Beth Holmes at eah@tulareid.org or (559) 686-3425.