2024 Irrigation Season

Important information
EBID Goes Paperless:
Follow These Online Instructions!

Exciting News! EBID is thrilled to announce our transition to a paperless notification system. To ensure a smooth and hassle-free transition, please click the button for online instructions.

Paperless Instructions

Elephant Butte Irrigation District’s Board of Directors, during their regular monthly meeting on March 14, 2024, set an initial surface water allotment of twelve inches (12”) for the 2024 irrigation season. EBID will continue to monitor the winter snowpack and subsequent runoff in the headwaters of the Rio Grande and will make adjustments to the allotment as needed. Based on current watershed conditions, we anticipate that the final 2024 allotment will remain at twelve inches (12”). Please continue to refer to the EBID website for important updates on the irrigation season.

  • Farm Rate Accounts: (equal to or more than two acres and paid in full status)
    Important water ordering information:
  • Your Water Growers Information Sheet contains instructions on how to order water. Please take time to familiarize yourself with the Growers Information Sheet and contact EBID at 575-524-8003 with any of your questions. If you need current copy, email a request to waterrecords@ebid-nm.org.
  • Water orders can be placed by calling the EBID Water Records Department at 575-524-8003 Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Water orders can also be placed online. Please visit our web page and apply for a new login if you don’t already have one. Farmer Services will allow the farmer to manage their account. Farmers can place water orders, transfer water orders, and view live balances. You can also request an account and instruction sheet through email at waterrecords@ebid-nm.org.
  • Flat Rate Accounts: (less than two acres of land owned within EBID boundaries with water rights and paid in full status)
  • EBID approved TWO Flat-rate irrigations. The schedule is as follows first Flat-rate weekend June 8TH and June 9TH second and final Flat-rate weekend July 6th and July 7th. Flat-rate accounts may water ONLY ONCE during the scheduled flat-rate weekend from midnight Friday night until midnight Sunday night.
  • Please continue to check our website for announcements or call EBID at 575-526-6671 or 575-524-8003.

2024 Growers' Meetings

Growers’ Meetings are scheduled as follows:

Hatch area:
Thursday, May 9, 2024, 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Hatch Community Center
837 W Hall Street, Hatch, NM 87937

Central area:
Thursday, May 9, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Elephant Butte Irrigation District
530 South Melendres, Las Cruces, NM 88005

South area:
Friday, May 10, 2024, 8:00 – 10:00 AM
Anthony Country Club
2100 W. O’Hara Road, Anthony, NM 88021

EBID Surface Water Delivery System

EBID Irrigation Systems department personnel are responsible for managing and delivering surface water to irrigators. They monitor and measure the amount of water delivered to the irrigators by taking multiple meter readings during the irrigations and using that information to calculate the water delivery charge.

Work is performed throughout the District from the Caballo Dam to the Texas state line along EBID irrigation canals and laterals with personnel based in three locations: the Hatch Yard (North), Las Cruces Yard (Central), and Chamberino Yard (South).

irrigation systems performs the following functions
how irrigation systems measures water delivery

The primary measurement tool is the FlowProbe meter that is inserted into the flow of water at the turnout. Additional measurement methods include staff gage readings (upstream and/or downstream of the turnout), in-stream metering (approximately 20 feet downstream of the turnout), and Remote Telemetry Units (RTU) at the turnout.

By measuring the flow of water, EBID ensures that the amount of water delivered matches the amount ordered and that the water is equitably distributed to the irrigators.