5400 Rely on NID Irrigation Water Supplies
Through recent years, NID has supplied an average 145,000 acre-feet of water per year. About 90 percent of this total is used for local agriculture and for surplus water sale outside the district. NID serves approximately 5,400 raw water customers. Most purchase their water on a seasonal basis — the six-month irrigation season normally runs from on or about Apr. 15 through Oct. 14. Some irrigation customers purchase both summer and winter water for year-around service.
Irrigation water is used to irrigate pasture for cattle, sheep, horses and even more exotic animals such as llamas, emus and buffalo. NID water irrigates eight golf courses. Irrigation water is used in gardens, nurseries, orchards and vineyards for both commercial and home production. Grapes, apples, peaches, nuts, berries, corn, rice, wheat and oats are among the many crops grown with NID water. Irrigation water fills ponds and reservoirs for stock watering, fire supression and recreation. Availability of irrigation water is an important factor in the preservation of open space, greenbelt areas. There are an estimated 97,000 irrigable acres in the Nevada Irrigation District, about a third of which are presently in irrigation.