Madera Irrigation District Will Provide Water to Its Landowners at No Charge Effective Immediately

The Madera Irrigation District (MID or District) Board of Directors has made the decision to provide water free of charge to its landowners.  At a meeting held on March 15, 2023, the rate was set to $0 per acre foot effective immediately.  This rate will be reviewed and adjusted as conditions change.

Use and recharge of surface water are paramount to the District’s groundwater sustainability.  For the District to avoid future groundwater restrictions, pumping restrictions, allocations, high fees or taxes, and other adverse requirements, the District, including its landowners, must utilize as much water as possible during these time periods.

MID growers interested in taking advantage of this water must still fill out a Crop Water Application and order water prior to taking deliveries, the availability will be location dependent.  The District is urging all MID growers with the ability to take surface water to do so, as the extent and duration are unknown.

MID is accepting Crop Water Applications and water orders now. To sign up or to order water please contact the office at 559-673-3514 or at Madera Irrigation District, 12152 Road 28 ¼, Madera, CA.  Crop Water Applications will be accepted via email and in-person.

The District would also like to remind growers that they can view their water usage and account balances online via WaterUI.  If you need log-in assistance, please contact MID at 559-673-3514.