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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

Tulare ID Proposed Land Assessment Increase

The Tulare Irrigation District (District) is committed to ensuring that our landowners and growers receive a reliable source of surface water and secondarily groundwater.  The District has levied the same land assessments for approximately 30 years.  However, with the changing water supply availability, regulatory atmosphere, aging infrastructure, and increasing costs of goods, the District Board of Directors has concluded that the time has come to evaluate and increase the land assessments to serve our landowners better.   Through a Strategic Planning Process and Long-Range Financial Planning effort, the District has determined an assessment rate to ensure that the District can continue to provide the same level of service to the landowners and growers within the District. 

The District is pursuing the assessment increase in accordance with Proposition 218 as reflected in Article XIII D of the California Constitution and Sections 53750 through 53753.5 of the State’s Government Code.  The first step in this process is developing an Engineer’s Report that evaluates the benefits afforded landowners in the District for the assessment being levied.  The District has completed an Engineer’s Report evaluating the proposed increases in assessments.  This report will be shared and considered by the Board of Directors on June 14, 2022, at its regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting (this report itself will not increase the assessment). 

Upon consideration and approval of the Engineer’s Report, the District will proceed with an outreach program with in-person and virtual workshops to discuss the assessment increase.  At the closure of the outreach program, the proposed increase in assessments will be put to the vote of the landowners in the District.  Ballots are anticipated to be mailed in mid-July, and a ballot count will take place toward the end of August. 

The District Board of Directors and staff recognize the struggles that our landowners and growers face.  We hope to provide an open and transparent process that allows our landowners to feel comfortable with an increase in their assessments.  We encourage everyone to participate and engage in our process.  Below is an outline of the process moving forward.

For more information, you can visit www.tulareid.org or contact the District at (559) 686-3425.

Download Tulare Irrigation District Division Maps below to determine which division your lands fall in.  
Tulare Division Map 8.5x11 Format
Tulare Division Map 11X17 Format

Schedule of Meeting


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:

https://www.midkaweah.org/_files/ugd/55be79_823d00a8866d498789c29fd9adb3795d.pdf

Quest for Water: Tulare Irrigation District

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Tulare Irrigation District
6826 Avenue 240
Tulare, CA 93274

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eah@tulareid.org

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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.