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Frequently Asked Questions about Chowchilla Water District.


Chowchilla Water District
327 S. Chowchilla Blvd.
Chowchilla, CA 93610

559-665-3747   Office
559-665-3740   Fax
559-479-6049   Emergency - Brandon Tomlinson
559-479-0920   Emergency (Water) - Chris Mayo

Office Hours
7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Emergency Phone Numbers


Brandon Tomlinson - (559) 479-6049


Irrigation Emergency Only

Chris Mayo -  559-479-0920


District System

The District receives water from two sources; Madera Canal and Buchanan Dam. The District utilizes portions of the Chowchilla River, Ash Slough and Berenda Slough to convey irrigation water to the District's irrigation water distribution system, which consists of 150 miles of unlined canals and 49 miles of pipeline. There are over 950 turnouts where irrigation water is delivered to waterusers. The District utilizes various water management techniques and facilities to deliver water efficiently and accurately to its waterusers. These facilities include; measurement weirs, water meters, rated canal gates, regulating reservoirs and ponds, long-crested weirs, ITRC flap gates and the District’s SCADA system. All water released to the District, delivered to waterusers and leaving the District is measured and recorded in the District’s database.


The District has a modified-demand delivery system. Waterusers call the District before 1:00 p.m. and request a start time or inform the district of a stop time for their turnout(s) for the next day. The Ditchtenders all meet at 1:30 p.m. to coordinate and schedule water deliveries for the next day. The District then calls the wateruser back and tells him the time he will be able to start. Over 90 percent of water deliveries are scheduled to start within one hour of the requested time. Flexibility is allowed in the water ordering process for extending an irrigation a few hours or shutting off earlier than requested.

The District’s irrigation distribution system is divided into seven subsystems that are operated by seven Ditchtenders. It is the responsibility of the Ditchtender to operate his subsystem to provide for adequate water to be present at the turnout during a waterusers’ scheduled irrigation and at the same time to avoid excessive spill from the canal. One of the Ditchtenders also serves as the Senior Ditchtender. Besides running his own subsystem, the Senior Ditchtender oversees distribution of water flows to each of the subsystem with the District’s SCADA system.


Portions of the irrigation water distribution system were built by Mutual Water Companies that were in place prior to formation of the District. The remainder of the irrigation distribution system was built by the District by way of contractors. District employees complete almost all of the maintenance and construction required by the District. The District has a program for routinely inspecting and scheduling maintenance of each component of the irrigation water distribution system.

In our ongoing efforts to maintain a high standard of quality work and delivery system, on May 11, 2022 CWD Board of Directors adopted Standard Specifications and Drawings which will be used in the design and construction of public improvements within the district.  The Standard Specifications and Drawings are available for view at the following link.

Standard Specifications and Drawings

Ditchtender Information

Car #NameCell
  Brandon Tomlinson  (559) 479-6049
  Chris Mayo (559) 479-0920


Car #NameCell
11 Caleb Tripp (559) 395-2868
12   Dusty Hamlin (559) 377-1402
14 Jorge Guereca (559) 232-7649
15 Rick Bennett (559) 479-7253
16 Adolfo Trujillo (559) 479-6055
17 Mark Selby (559) 232-2847


Car # 
16 Ash By-Pass
16 Ash Main Canal 1-5
15 Ash Main Canal > 5
15 Ashview Canal
15 Ashview Laterals A & B
12 Berenda Canal 1 - 30
13 Berenda Canal >30
12 Berenda P/L
14 Bethel Canal
14 Bethel Lateral A
12 Califa Lateral A
11 Califa Laterals B-C-D
11 Califa Boyd Lateral
13 Central P/L
16 Chowchilla P/L
12 Chowchilla River
17 Chowchilla River/Riparian
12 Christoffersen P/L
13 Dairyland P/L
17 Dutchman Creek
14 Eastman Canal
15 Hughes Canal
15 Hughes Laterals A-B-C
16 Justin Canal
16 Justin Latera
17 Laterals 2-2A-3-3A-3B-4
12 Madera Canal
16 Main Canal
12 Matli P/L
12 Reservoir
14 Road Eleven Canal
14 Robertson P/L
16 Tarabini P/L
12 Thiel P/L



  • Water orders received by 1:00 p.m. will be eligible to begin delivery on the following day.
  • Water orders to shutoff must be received by 1:00 on the day preceding the shutoff.
  • Waterusers will be notified between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. of their start time for the following day.
  • Waterusers with preliminary shutoff times must notify the District of the specific shutoff time by 8:00 a.m.
  • Between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., waterusers will be given specific notice of the time to start their delivery if a preliminary start time was given.
  • Call the District if you would like to test your irrigation system before ordering water.

Board of Directors

Chowchilla Water District is made up of Five Divisions with one Board Director representing each division. The board of Directors must be either a holder of title to land, or the legal representative of a holder of title to land within the District, in the division for which they represent. Election voting rights are based upon landownership; one vote for each dollar's worth of assessed value to which he or she holds title. The Board of Directors are elected by this method.


     Director    Term Expires
1        Kole Upton - President December 2023
2        Vince Taylor December 2025
3        Mike Mandala December 2023
4        Russell Harris December 2023
5        Roger Schuh - Vice President December 2025


Division Map


Board Meetings

The Chowchilla Water District Board of Directors normally meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 1:30pm. Special Board meetings are called if needed.

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