How does water get to town?
EPID water comes from the natural flowing Big Butte Creek in Butte Falls . In order to get water, EPID built a diversion point in the early 1920's ( granted water rights in 1915) just outside the city of Butte Falls. From the diversion point, the water flows through 2 fish screens, filtering the fish back into the natural stream. The water then travels through 18 miles of open & underground canals , getting into the luscious green valley of Eagle Point.
Oregon winters provides plenty of rain/snow during the non-irrigated months (October - March). But we do have hot summers here in Southern Oregon ,causing water levels to drop quickly particularly in the month of July. So in order to keep the water levels up, water gets released from the Willow Lake reservoir.
All along the main canal there are gates the ditch rider needs to open to send water to a specific area, all depending on who has water. Below is a map made in the early 1930's, showing the properties with some of the ditches that carry water from the main canal to the farm land below.