By Ann McCreary
Work on installing underground irrigation lines in the Painter’s Addition neighborhood of Twisp is expected to begin next week.
The work is part of a $10 million Instream Flow Improvement Project that began last fall and is restructuring the way the Methow Valley Irrigation District (MVID) delivers water to its members.
Bianchi Construction, contractor for the work being done along the district’s west side canal, will begin excavating and laying pipe that will replace the open canal.
The contractor will leave access open along town streets at the end of each working day, according to MVID.
Each MVID member in the Painter’s Addition area who will be served by the new west pipe system must designate a service hookup by Friday (July 31). Members are advised to call Michael Notaro at (509) 429-2939 to designate service locations. For members who do not identify a service location, the project team will choose one.
On some small parcels domestic wells are being upgraded for combined irrigation and domestic use. Upgrades to wells currently used for irrigation by MVID customers below Twisp will be completed in August, according to MVID.
Work is expected to be completed by September on a new well field that will supply the west side pipe system. The well field, located in the orchard behind Hanks Harvest Foods, will include a concrete block building with the MVID pump control system.