Lateral 8 Reservoir
Because of our constant efforts to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us, we are continually looking for innovative ways to improve efficiency and customer service. The lateral 8 reservoir project offers just that combination of efficiency and improved service to those at the lower end of our irrigation system.
Total Channel Control Pilot
The Total Channel Control Pilot Project is a system of automated drops and gates which communicates with each other to better regulate and control the flow of water in the canal system. This system, when combined with the Lateral 8 Regulating Reservoir can dramatically reduce operational spills while at the same time, greatly improve customer […]
Small Hydroelectric Plants
We began building the first of eight small scale hydroelectric generators on our canal system as well as surrounding irrigation district canals. Strategically located where water drops from sufficient heights to allow us to operate a generator, these small plants help us to meet California’s ever increasing requirement for renewable generation.
New Don Pedro Dam Completed
New Don Pedro Dam and Powerhouse is completed and inundates the old dam under more than 200 feet of water when the reservoir is full. We own three of the four generators at the plant with the capacity to make enough clean, carbon-free electricity to power about 37,000 average homes.
New Don Pedro Dam
We begin construction of New Don Pedro Dam and Powerhouse. With the capacity to store 2,030,000 acre feet of water and the ability to generate 203 megawatts of clean, carbon free electricity, New Don Pedro is nearly 8 times larger than the original and solidifies our ability to supply reliable and affordable water and power […]
The Raker Act
The Raker Act is passed and signed into law by Woodrow Wilson allowing the development of a water storage project along the Tuolumne River inside Yosemite National Park. Although initially opposed to the project, TID eventually gains concessions that protect our water rights and removes opposition to the Hetch Hetchy Project.
Construction of Turlock Lake
Recognizing the need to store water in order to provide a full growing season’s worth of irrigation, we began construction of Turlock Lake. This lake, which is actually part of the canal system, has the capacity to store 38,000 AF of water and provides recreation including boating, picnicking and camping.
First Water Delivered
Henry Stirring of Ceres becomes the first person in the Turlock Irrigation District to receive water from the new canal system. He uses the water to irrigate a piece of land for growing corn. The milestone creates quite a site and many people come from the surrounding area to see.