General Information

Where Our Irrigation Water Comes From

The source of our irrigation water is the Yakima River which is a little over two miles north of Rancho Reata. The District owns, operates, and maintains a large pump station at the Yakima River Delta. There are a total of six vertical shaft turbine pumps comprising a total of 8,000 HP. These pumps push the water a distance of about 2.5 miles with a vertical lift of 560’ through a 4-foot diameter steel pipe to an open reservoir and nearby booster station within the orchard at the north edge of Rancho Reata #3. This main booster station pressurizes the water for all irrigated agricultural and residential properties around the Rancho Reata and Rancho del Rey neighborhoods.
While BMID pre-filters the water to the extent possible, it is essential that all irrigation customers filter their water at the point of delivery to their property. For more information about filters, see details below.


Potable Water System

BMID is also your potable water purveyor. We own, operate, and maintain the drinking (potable) water system. Currently, the District serves over 750 homes (approximately 1,800 people) in the greater Rancho Reata area. The source of our drinking water is from two deep wells (905’ & 645’) that are located in the immediate area.

The original water system was installed at the same time as the original irrigation system in 1976. BMID purchased this system from the El Rancho Water Company in May 1995. At that time, there were approximately 425 homes in the District service area.

District personnel monitor the system daily for proper operation. Routine bacteriological tests are taken twice monthly and residual chlorine samples are taken randomly 5 days per week. In addition, numerous other water quality tests are taken as described in the annual Consumer Confidence Report.

Our domestic water system also provides the necessary fire protection water to the homes in the area.

A Look Back...
The Badger Mountain Irrigation District was formed in 1975 to bring irrigation water to previously dry and undeveloped land along the south slopes of Badger Mountain and vicinity. By 1977, irrigation water was being delivered to almost the entire 4,000 acre district. Currently BMID is delivering pressurized irrigation water to over 4,800 acres.

     Badger Mountain Irrigation District

87525 E. Reata Rd, Kennewick, WA 99338
Phone: (509) 628-0777