A Water History

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The City of Modesto provides these services. Please check the City's web site for information about watering schedules: City of Modesto water restrictions

The story of the MID begins with water…or rather the lack of it. It was that one issue that led to the creation of a California irrigation district law.

The District's 208 miles of canals operate on a gravity flow system. Canals were completed in 1903 and the first official MID irrigation season opened in 1904.

MID provides irrigation water to approximately 60,000 acres, typically between mid-March and late October each year. Modesto receives an average of 12.21" of rain per rainfall year (July 1-June 30).

Stanislaus County's top 10 crops are: milk, almonds, chickens, chicken eggs, turkeys, grapes, walnuts, cattle and calves, tomatoes and peaches.

The water story opened a new chapter in 1994 when MID began operating the Modesto Regional Water Treatment Plant. The MID treats surface water and sells it to one customer - the City of Modesto. Phase Two is currently under development.

Want to know more? Read "The Greening of Paradise Valley" for the complete history of the MID.

Current Reservoir Levels - Sun, Sep 14, 2014 06 pm

Modesto Reservoir Levels
Gauge: 21.46 ft      
Elevation: 205.45 ft   Max. Elevation: 210 ft
Storage: 18,436 ac-ft   Max. Storage: 28,000 ac-ft
Don Pedro Reservoir Levels
Elevation: 698.93 ft   Max. Elevation: 830 ft
Storage: 795,676 ac-ft   Max. Storage: 2,030,000 ac-ft
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Modesto Irrigation District
1231 11th Street, Modesto
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P.O. Box 4060
Modesto, CA 95352-4060

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