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Ochoco Irrigation District

Water Right

A water right provides permission and an obligation to beneficially irrigate a specific area, generally measured in acres. A water right remains valid as long as an irrigator beneficially uses the water at least one year out of every five years. Converting land to another use (road, parking area or building) can result in the forfeiture of a water right.

“Beneficial use” is the use of irrigation water to produce crops, grass or landscape areas. The use of irrigation water on land not cleared, seeded or under cultivation is not beneficial use.

What We Do

Provide water for approximately 20,062 acres

Serve 898 irrigators

Manage and maintain more than 122 miles of canals and laterals and 8 pumping plants

Manage operation of Ochoco and Prineville Reservoirs

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