Thanks to late rains, TID bumps water allotment

The Turlock Irrigation District this morning set a higher-than-expected allotment for growers, thanks to the late-winter storms.

The district board voted unanimously to provide 2¾ acre-feet of Tuolumne River water per acre for the base charge of $23. The staff had recommended 2½ acre-feet.

An acre-foot is enough to cover an acre one foot deep.

Growers can get another acre-foot for $15 and a quarter of an acre-foot beyond that for $5.

The total deliveries are capped at four acre-feet to help TID build up reservoir storage in case 2010 is a fourth straight year of below-average rain and snow.

The irrigation season began March 20.