The Turlock City Council approved a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday between the Turlock Irrigation District and the City of Turlock to allow TID use of the Dianne Drive storm drain basin during the 2016 irrigation season.
The 24.2 acre storm drain basin is located between N. Walnut Road and Dianne Drive. Using it will allow TID to pump water both in and out as often as needed during the summer when it remains relatively unused by the City of Turlock.
TID will use the basin to store some of its irrigation water so that they can more efficiently deliver water orders to customers west of Turlock.
“In addition to conserving water, the Dianne Basin Project is expected to increase the level of customer service to our growers by using the water captured and stored to compensate for operational fluctuations in the system, or for scheduled water deliveries,” said TID spokesperson Calvin Curtin.
According to the agreement, TID will also cover all operating costs relating to their use of the basin during the 2016 summer season.
“This is the type of partnership between TID and the city I like to see,” said Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth. “It’s not just good for the city, it’s good for farmers and I’m just really excited.”
With Tuesday’s approval, TID will begin posting signs and other forms of public information informing citizens of the body of water coming soon to west Turlock.