PESHASTIN — Unusually low flows on the Wenatchee River could mean a cut off of irrigation service for some users with junior water rights.
The state Department of Ecology has sent letters to 35 junior right water users warning them that their water could use could be curtailed if water flows fall below minimal levels in August, September and October.
Users with interruptible water rights must call a toll-free number to find out if they can use water on a given day.
Wenatchee River flows at Peshastin were at 761 cubic feet per second Monday, below the mandated minimum flow of 827 cfs. Flows at the Monitor gauging station were 711 cfs, close, but still above the mandated 700 cfs for that site.
Warmer weather and rapid snowmelt have caused river flows to drop, in spite of a forecast for a 100 percent water supply this year, said Joye Redfield-Wilder, Ecology spokeswoman.