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Kennewick Irrigation District explains lack of supply after record breaking snowfall


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Kennewick Irrigation District says their water supply is at 77 percent. With the record breaking snow fall the Tri-Cities had in February and March, it could be hard to believe.

But the water we use to water our lawns comes from the mountains. Although the Tri-Cities saw inches upon inches of snow, the snow pack at the higher elevations where our water comes from wasn't as much.

KID says the water supply is constantly changing and if we have a really wet spring with lots of rain the supply could increase.

"KID is at the very bottom of the Yakima Basin and the storage for the Yakima Basin is up high, so therefore just because we have ample perception and snowfall down here in the lower basin it really has no impact on the water supplies," said Seth Defoe, Water and Land Manager for KID.

KID says if conditions stay the way they are now the supply will continue to decrease, so they recommend getting a head start on your lawn now.

They say consider investing in drip lines, micro spray, and soaker hoses to irrigate plants more efficiently. To promote drought resilient lawns, experts recommend to water less frequently but for longer durations to cultivate a deeper root system.

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According to KID, water started being delivered on April 8th depending on where customers are at in the system. Customers can view the status of their water by visiting KID’s website and clicking the “WATER STATUS MAP” button. Then customers type in their personal address to view their estimated delivery date. KID said customers can always call their customer service number at 509-586-9111.

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