PILOT BUTTE CANAL PIPING IMPROVEMENTS
Smith Rock to Bend
January: crews begin surveying the entire length (25 miles) of the Pilot Butte Canal.
December 2018-April 2019: 30% design for the Pilot Butte Canal
October 2019-November 2021: Construction will occur in phases, beginning in the Smith Rock area and is and continue through November 2021.
There’s no such thing as easy water. We live in a desert community, shielded by the Cascades from the rain Oregon is known for. Several years of short-term drought have left snowpack and reservoirs low, while the effects of long-term climate change increasingly point to drought-like conditions as the new normal.
Water has always been a challenge in Central Oregon. Those who came before us carved more than 700 miles of canals out of the dense volcanic rock using horses, shovels and primitive machinery. Today we face our own challenges of upgrading a century-old system to best serve the needs of all patrons for the next 100 years.
By acting as careful stewards of our water supply, we are able to ensure enough water for generations to come