Madera Irrigation District and the City of Madera Partner on Groundwater Recharge

In 2023, Madera Irrigation District (MID or District) and the City of Madera (City) have been successfully partnering on groundwater recharge efforts.  MID and the City are maximizing all opportunities during this phenomenal water year.  Since January, MID and the City have recharged over 400 acre-feet in joint recharge basins and projects within the City.  That amount of water is equivalent to the annual water use of approximately 1,000 households in Madera, a very significant amount. Groundwater recharge efforts by MID and the City are expected to continue throughout the summer and into the fall.

The partnership and collaboration help not only the City and MID, but also the Madera Subbasin as a whole.  These efforts maintain the sustainability of the community of Madera by enhancing local water supplies.  Additionally, recharging groundwater not only increases the quantity, but also helps improve groundwater quality.  Taking all available opportunities and replenishing the groundwater aquifer in years like this is key for Madera.  Not only will these actions allow Madera to sustain but to thrive well into the future, MID and the City are committed to ensuring that happens.

“MID is extremely proud of its partnership with the City of Madera and we continue to look for ways to cooperate on water projects for the benefit of MID, the City, and the community” stated Thomas Greci, MID General Manager.

“We are privileged to work alongside MID on projects like this, where we can collaborate to recharge groundwater during times of abundant rainfall. MID provides the water, while the City dedicates its stormwater basins to allow water supplies to percolate into the groundwater table. We look forward to continuing our partnership with MID to identify future opportunities to enhance the sustainability of our shared water resources,” said Arnoldo Rodriguez, Madera City Manager.