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Irrigation Service

Irrigation ditch
Irrigation canal

The annual irrigation season deliveries non-potable water to customers of the Divide.  Irrigation water is conveyed from Stumpy Meadows through approximately 70 miles of canals, ditches, conduits, and flumes to the communities of Georgetown, Garden Valley, Kelsey, Greenwood, Cool, and Pilot Hill.

The conveyance system capacity allows for the delivery of roughly 632 miner's inches during each irrigation season.  A total of 18 segments or routes are designated throughout the system, each having a maximum delivery allotment, totaling 632 miner's inches.

Irrigation season typically occurs between May and September of each year.  The season may be adjusted by the Board of Directors annually.

2024 Irrigation Season 

The 2024 Irrigation Season will begin May 15th and end October 14th.

  • BILLING will begin May 1, 2024, and end September 30, 2024. In total, customers will be billed for the allotted 5-month irrigation season.
  •  All digital backflow certifications must be submitted before May 1 for service activation to the newly established
  • Allotments are required to be used continuously.
  • District Operators exclusively operate service points.
  • The Irrigation Committee has a vacancy. Interested parties are encouraged to submit a letter of interest.

The Board of Directors adopted Ordinance 2023-04 establishing Rules and Regulations for Irrigation service. The Ordinance was the product of collaborative work with the Irrigation Committee which incorporated material provided through public and customer feedback. The Ordinance is available for review below:

Ordinance 2023-04 Irrigation Rules and Regulations.pdf


Potential Available Raw Water for the 2024 Irrigation Season:

The following areas potentially have available raw water for the 2024 Irrigation Season. Please contact the District if interested in either increasing existing service amounts or establishing new service.

A. Georgetown/Reservoir Rd to Sliger Mine Road West

B. Sliger Mine Road to Auburn Lake Trails 2nd Gate

C. Kramer Rd. and Cherry Acres

D. HWY 193/49 Corridor/ Auburn Lake Trails 2nd Gate to Rattle Snake Bar

E. Pilot Hill Pipelines

F. HWY 193 to Greenwood Rd. via Greybar Mine Rd.

G. Georgetown to Kelsey (HWY 193 to Shoo Fly)

H. Garden Valley Pipelines


2024 Seasonal Irrigation Rate Schedule

  • ½ Miner's inch  = $77.00 per month (pipelines only)
  • 1 or more Miner's inches = $154.20 per Miner's inch per month

1 Miner's Inch (m.i.) is equivalent to:  

  • = 11.22 gallons per minute     
  • = 673 gal. per hour    
  • = 16,157 gal. per day   
  • = 494,000 gal. per month                   
  • = 2,500,000 gallons per 5-month season

Irrigation Tutorials

GDPUD Irrigation Tutorial Box Service:

 GDPUD Irrigation Tutorial Screen Service:

Irrigation is an advanced bi-monthly billing structure. Allotments are required to be used continuously.

For more information contact: Adam Brown, Operations Manager, abrown@gd-pud,org or call (530) 333-4356.