With the ever-present threat of drought looming over the Yakima Basin, the Kennewick Irrigation District (KID) is taking proactive steps to safeguard our precious water resources. It begins by utilizing a two-pronged approach involving the lining and widening of our main canal.
HDPE Liner | This durable material acts as a waterproof barrier, dramatically reducing seepage by over 90%. This translates to more water reaching its intended destination, maximizing efficiency and minimizing waste.
Canal Widening | By expanding the main canal’s capacity, the canal acts as a temporary reservoir, storing additional water during times of drought. This precious reserve becomes a lifeline during droughts, ensuring a more stable water supply even when Mother Nature throws her worst punches.
The combined effects of reduced seepage and increased storage create a powerful shield against drought. More water delivered more efficiently, readily available even when rain is scarce – it’s a win-win for everyone involved. Farmers can continue nourishing their fields, communities can maintain their green spaces, and the delicate balance of the ecosystem is preserved.
The Kennewick Irrigation District’s bold initiative sets a precedent for proactive water management. By investing in sustainable infrastructure, we are not just safeguarding our present, but also securing a future where water scarcity is not a fear, but a challenge met with foresight and innovation. This is a story not just about canals and concrete, but about resilience, ingenuity, and a deep commitment to the land and its people.
So, the next time you see a field flourishing in the heart of the Yakima Basin, remember – beneath the surface, a silent battle against drought is being waged, and the Kennewick Irrigation District is leading the charge, one drop at a time.
For more drought related information, please visit our drought center.