Irrigation districts close offices to the public

March 24, 2020 10:01 PM

OTHELLO — The East Columbia Basin Irrigation District has closed its offices to public access in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The closure will be in effect until further notice.

District staff is available by phone at 509-488-9671 to assist landowners. Farmers can pay water bills by mail, by phone or by using a dropbox outside the entrance to the main office. Required forms can be mailed, dropped in the dropbox or emailed to mgarza@ecbid.org or lsierra@ecbid.org.

Water orders will be taken by phone at watermaster offices or can be made with ditchriders. Deliveries will not be impacted. The district is priming laterals serving Block 49. Priming the East Low Canal to serve the remainder of the district will begin as scheduled on March 23.

The same is true for those being served by the Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District. Farmers can still leave a voicemail for water orders at each watermaster office. The option to email or text water orders or request changes is still available also.

Water payments can be mailed, or the district is accepting credit or debit card payments by phone. District personnel are available to answer questions by phone at the Quincy office, 509-787-3591, and Royal City office, 509-346-2301. People with questions about RRA lands (Reclamation Reform Act) can contact the QCBID office for help.