You cannot purchase water rights from EPID.
We have owned the water rights since 1915.
The Eagle Point Irrigation District is a flood irrigation system. We operate on a two week rotation cycle. Irrigation water is only in the canals and ditches from April to October (6 months). The water flows through one property, and then on to another. It was originally designed for livestock grazing and hay crops. This means that the property will have water on average one day every 2 weeks. Larger parcels could have 2-3 days every 2 weeks. This is not an “on demand” system. The district office can give specific information on each property. You will need the legal description or address to inquire about a property.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I save water in a tank ?
No, we are a runoff district so you may not collect the water for later use. You may apply for change of use. click here for application. Applications must be approved by the manager and board of directors. The approval is not guaranteed, and the application fee is not refundable.
PONDS, DAMS, & RESERVOIRS?
Having a pond does not mean you can irrigate from it. Some ponds are for livestock water only. Others are not on the property legally. Ponds must be permitted through the OWRD. Ponds in the EPID are looked at on a case by case basis. The following is from our rule book:
“No. 17) No person will install or maintain a dam or reservoir within the boundaries of the District without first obtaining approval of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will grant approval only upon finding that such construction or maintenance will not interfere substantially with the distribution of water within the District. Nothing contained herein is intended to supersede the laws and regulations of the State of Oregon”
The District Manager, Board of Directors, and State Watermaster (OWRD) all have to approve a pond or reservoir prior to its construction or use.
can i transfer water to other land?
Transfer of water to other lands shall not be made except on a finding by the Board of Directors that the transfer is of material benefit to the Eagle Point Irrigation District. All transfers are subject to laws, rules and regulations of the State of Oregon., including ORS 540.570 – 540-580. Transfer fees (State of Oregon) average $3500.00 to $5000.00 if your transfer is approved.
Water distribution in general:
Unless otherwise ordered by the Board of Directors, all deliveries of water from the system of the District shall be on a rotation basis to be fixed and determined by the Manager. In the case of water shortage, water will be prorated on the basis of water supply and acreage.
The unit of measure for water will be cubic feet per second. One cubic foot per second (CFS) flow for a period of twelve (12) hours is equal to one acre foot of water
COnVERtING to sprinkler systems
No. 18) From and after May 12,1981, water users may not convert to sprinkling systems without first applying to the Board of Directors and receiving approval. Approval will be given only where the applicant can bear the burden of establishing that the District's distribution system will not be impaired.
can my irrigation water be used for any other purposes?
No. The water must be used on irrigated portion of your property only. District water is untreated and could contain abrasive sediments or animal waste. It is unsuitable and unsafe for human consumption. Don't drink the water, don't play or swim in the water.
Change of Use
Example of a typical rotation system
Run-Off Water ($20.50 per acre):
OREGON WATER RESOURCES DEPARTMENT DEFINITION OF A POND WITHIN AN IRRIGATION DISTRICT:
The Oregon Water Resources Department definition of a pond within an irrigation district is that it must serve as a "Bulge in a System (BIS;
Temporary Storage Facilities}".Temporary facilities, often referred to as bulges in a system (BIS), may be allowed without requiring a water right permit. The following provides relevant definitions as supplied by the State of Oregon for determining whether a storage facility meets the limitations to qualify as a Bulge in the System.
Bulge in System (BIS): A facility that temporarily holds legally diverted water as part of an irrigation system or other water delivery system.
Legally diverted: Water withdrawn from a source under a valid water right and used according to the terms & conditions of the water right.
Rotation Cycle: For irrigation purposes, a rotation cycle is the period of time needed to irrigate land one time under a single distribution and delivery system. A second rotation cycle is started when a second watering occurs on any portion of the land.
Temporary: As used in the definition of a "bulge in system," the period of time between irrigation cycles.
The temporary storage facility must be drained to a minimum level or emptied at the end of the legal season of use. In the EPID system, the irrigation season typically runs from mid-April to mid-October of each year.
The size of the bulge in the system will be dependent upon various factors such as the use, the number of acres involved in the irrigation that benefit from the system, the amount of water needed for agriculture sprinkler application, and the time period between irrigation cycles. The above definition provides guidance on the size.
Most bulges in the system are relatively small. If a bulge in the system impounds more than 9.2 acre-feet and has a dam in excess of 10 foot in height, the water user will need to submit dam plans and specifications and have them approved by the ORWD for a BIS
CONDITIONS THAT MUST BE MET IF WATER STORAGE IS APPROVED:
1 ) No extra water will be delivered to maintain pond or tank levels.
2) EPID assumes no liability for the storage facility.
3 ) The pond/tank must be used as a storage facility for existing irrigated lands.
4) You must have the capability to irrigate from the pond.
5) The pond may not be used for aesthetics as its' primary purpose.
6 ) Storage size must not exceed the current allotted amount of water per acre.
7 ) EPID does not have the authority to allow storage of water over the winter.
8 ) Any alternate uses of the pond area must be consistent with the Oregon Water Resources Department rules.
Oregon Water Resources Dept. (541) 774-6880.
#26A - Oregon Revised Statute 540.990. Violation of any provision of ORS 540.710, 540.720, 540.730, 540.370, is punishable, upon conviction, by a fine or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than six months, or both.
Please read the entire rule book on this website and familiarize yourself with specific details of a particular piece of property if you are thinking about purchasing property in the EPID to grow ANY other type of crop than hay.