Lake Minatare Water Deliveries Back To Normal

Irrigators will be getting water very soon. Pathfinder Irrigation District has been working to open a clogged in-take valve in Lake Minatare that was preventing deliveries from being made to Lowline Canal irrigators. The district brought in Jeffres Sand and Gravel from Burwell on Monday. The contractor began pumping until the thunderstorms and darkness fell on the area. Pathfinder Irrigation General Manager Dennis Strauch says the crew moved back out to Lake Minatare this morning.

In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, Strauch says the contractors jetted some water as they were pumping into the inlet. At nine o'clock Tuesday morning, the clog gave loose and it erupted as it shot water and air six to eight feet in the air. Strauch says we now have water flowing down the canal for our irrigators.

It will take about a day or two before water deliveries will be made to Lowline Canal water users. Strauch believes the valve will now remain open and will operate through the season.

Lake Minatare was built in 1915 and the intake valve was added to the middle of the reservoir in 1951. This was the first time the lake's intake valve became clogged and the district was unable to make irrigation water deliveries. Strauch says Pathfinder Irrigation District is looking at a project this fall to get the area dredged around the intake, so the valve does not get clogged again.

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