Some irrigation pumps restored in the Lower Valley
NEAR MABTON, WASH-- Almost all of the Satus irrigation pumps are restored in the Lower Yakima Valley. Lightning caused them to mal-function a week ago.
There were two pump houses shut down over the last week. And the Wapato Irrigation Project both Satus II and Satus III will be back at full capacity by tomorrow morning.
That's to the ears of Lower Valley farmers. But even though the pumps are running again, it could be a week before water makes it to all of the farmers that need it. The area South East of Highway 22 farmers have no other viable options for irrigation water. That's something the Yakima River Basin Water Shed Management may be addressing.
"That is being discussed as of today and we hope the working group would consider improving irrigation delivery down here in the Satus Area because we desperately need it", says Edwin Lewis, project administrator with the Wapato Irrigation Project.
Although improving irrigation in the area is on their radar, doing so would take a lot of time and money.
Repairs to the current system after Saturday's lightning storm took one week less than originally planned. The project administrator says that's because local farmers and the Yakama Nation contributed to the efforts.