The Turlock Irrigation District (TID) recently announced the completion of the Ceres Main Regulating Reservoir. The new reservoir has an operational storage capacity of 220 acre-feet (AF) and will provide an estimated 10,000 AF of average annual water savings.
The Ceres Main Regulating Reservoir sits on 36 acres and captures fluctuations in water flow from the Ceres Main Canal and pumps the stored excess water back into the Ceres Main Canal to improve customer service downstream, lessening the need for groundwater pumping, and reduces water loss from the canal system.
“The Ceres Main Regulating Reservoir is the latest step in modernizing our 100-plus year old irrigation system,” said TID Board President, Ron Macedo. “Its location along the Ceres Main Canal allows improved water efficiency, reliability, and faster response times for nearly 25,000 acres of ag land.”
The Ceres Main Regulating Reservoir Project, which began construction in October 2022, cost approximately $10 million to construct. TID received a $2 million grant from the United States Bureau of Reclamation to assist with the cost of the project due to its potential water savings benefits.
TID has preliminary plans to construct an additional regulating reservoir along its Lateral 5.5 in southwest Turlock in the coming years.