Growers within the Casitas Municipal Water District have until the end of September to preserve their agricultural water rates on land that is being irrigated illegally, officials said Friday.
To be eligible for the lower rates, land must be listed as irrigable by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Casitas has identified at least 2,300 acres of land that is not listed, but is receiving water at agricultural rates.
The water district and the Bureau of Reclamation have formalized a program to examine such land. Growers have until 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 to request a review of land listed as not irrigable.