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Thank you for visiting the Chowchilla Water District Web site. As one of the largest agricultural centers in the world, the San Joaquin Valley is dependent on the surface water and groundwater that districts such as CWD provide. CWD is dedicated to providing quality water and services to the agricultural growers and communities in portions of Madera and Merced Counties. Dependable deliveries and efficient water management practices are not only policy but promises that CWD has kept for over sixty years.

Water Season Ends

On Wednesday, October 18th, the Chowchilla Water District Board of Directors took action to end the 2017 water season on November 1st, 2017.  Deliveries from Buchanan Dam will cease on October 31st, 2017; leaving approximately 84,000 AF in the Buchanan Reservoir.

Shut down efforts will begin November 1st and CWD staff will work closely with growers to keep them informed on the status of their orders.  As usual the Califa system will run for a few days longer in order to drain Berenda Reservoir.

CWD will be concentrating efforts on maintenance, repairs and new turnout installations during the offseason.  I would like to encourage anyone who has a request or concern pertaining to the aforementioned subjects to contact either Keith Mitchell (559) 479-6059 or myself (559) 479-6049.

Thank you all for another great water season and, as always, CWD will be in touch as the 2018 water season approaches.


Brandon Tomlinson

Acting General Manager

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