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Irrigation water levels low

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  For the first time in five years, irrigation water levels are well below normal.

For some, it'll have little to no effect; but for others, it'll mean less water.  We are *this* close to declaring an official drought, but so far we've dodged the bullet.

Because of an unseasonably warm winter, there's been very little snow pack, which in turn has lead to less water in the reservoirs.   Some reservoirs are only about half full, which means less water for KID to give out. 

So what does this mean for you?  If you're a senior water rights holder, you're fine.  But if you're a junior rights holder, you'll likely see about 77% of the water because of what's called pro rationing.

But don't worry, here are some tips to keep your lawn a-okay.

"Minimize the amount of fertilizer they use between now and the end of May," says Scott Revell with KID.  "They want to apply fertilizer around Memorial Day weekend.  When they go to mow their lawn, keep the grass longer.  If they airate their lawn, the water they get will actually penetrate further."

KID will have a better picture of how much water the reservoirs have on April 9th from the Bureau of Reclamation.