WAPATO, Wash.-- The
hot and dry weather is felt not only here in Yakima, but all over Central
farmers and landowners in the area are having a hard time getting a steady
stream of water to their crops, all because of a broken pipe.
Wapato Irrigation Project hit a roadblock when two motors broke last month
because of a broken water pipe causing water delivery across the valley to slow
course they want the pumps repaired and water restored back to normal
conditions as soon as possible," said project manager, Edwin Lewis.
now there are have portable pumps getting water to crops, but they do not get
enough water to farmers. One week it is
everyone downstream, the next it is everyone upstream.
said this was an odd incident, and it was something they could not prepare for.
pipe burst, it didn't stop the motors, again it was a one-time incident," Lewis
Wapato landowner says he wants answers.
the fields go dry, when that water delivery is failing because of 1930's
equipment, who do we blame?" Alvin Schuster said.
two motors that are broken are being fixed. Officials at the Wapato Irrigation Project hope at least one motor will
be back up and running within the week.