Smith Rock to Bend


Project Timeline:

January 2019-September 2019: crews surveyed the entire length (25 miles) of the Pilot Butte Canal.

December 2018-December 2019: 30% design for the Pilot Butte Canal.

Winter 2020: 30% Design Open House to share the early project design.

October 2020-February 2021: Construction will occur in phases, beginning with Phase 1 in the Smith Rock area with the installation of the J Lateral Pipe

February 2021-March 2021: Surface restoration and reconstruction

April 2021: Irrigation season start-up

October 2021: Pilot Butte Canal Irrigation shut off

October 2021-March 2022: Completion of Pilot Butte Canal Phase I

There’s no such thing as easy water. We live in a desert community, shielded by the Cascades from the rain Oregon is known for. Several years of short-term drought have left snowpack and reservoirs low, while the effects of long-term climate change increasingly point to drought-like conditions as the new normal.

Water has always been a challenge in Central Oregon. Those who came before us carved more than 700 miles of canals out of the dense volcanic rock using horses, shovels and primitive machinery. Today we face our own challenges of upgrading a century-old system to best serve the needs of all patrons for the next 100 years.

The Phase I Smith Rock area provides the greatest opportunity to make significant improvements to all facets of COID’s irrigation system. When piped, the Phase I will immediately conserve 30 cfs while creating operating efficiencies for over 300 patrons and save an additional 30-40 cfs over time.

Energy Savings
Water Savings

By acting as careful stewards of our water supply, we are able to ensure enough water for generations to come

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Join Us Online for a Virtual Open House!

In light of restrictions on public gatherings, COID invites you to attend the Pilot Butte Canal virtual open house and learn about construction timelines and activities, how to stay informed during construction, and interact remotely with COID and its contractors. www.coidpiping.com Use the form available at the top of this page to sign up for...

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