Jim Abercrombie

My Turn: Safe and reliable service for another 90 years

As I write this column, El Dorado Irrigation District’s 90th year is coming to a close. In 1925, just a few generations after Marshall discovered gold in Coloma, and in the face of growing competition for water from hydropower producers, El Dorado County residents voted to form the El Dorado Irrigation District. Why did they do it? To protect […]

My Turn: ‘Smart debt’ needed for reinvesting in infrastructure

On Oct. 13 the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors approved a five-year capital improvement plan that includes $119 million to fund many projects that will address needed repairs and replacements in EID’s water, wastewater and hydroelectric systems. In prior decades EID kept rates low by putting off maintenance and rehabilitation across its system. The district […]

My turn: Update on the EID GM’s fifth anniversary

I want to take this opportunity on my five-year anniversary to let you know how much I have truly enjoyed my time as your general manager. My message below briefly reflects back to when I was a ratepayer in the 1990s reading about the trials and tribulations facing EID in fixing its infrastructure problems and […]

My turn: Safe and reliable service key priorities for EID

Each year the El Dorado Irrigation District completes key capital improvement projects to help ensure the reliability of our infrastructure and services. The district’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a rolling five-year plan that identifies projects required for health and safety reasons, legal and regulatory reasons, maintaining existing assets, including life cycle replacement, as well […]

Message from EID GM: EID customers saving more; more vigilance needed

The Sacramento Bee reported in mid-June that the Sacramento region had cut its water use by 10 percent and California as a whole had cut its water use by 5 percent for the period from January to May. For the same period, El Dorado Irrigation District’s customers had cut water use by 6 percent. Currently, […]

Message from the EID GM: Does conservation measure up?

Since the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors declared a Stage 2 Water Warning on Feb. 4 of this year, EID has continued to closely track customer demand for water. We post this information weekly on our EID Drought Information Facebook page and on our Website at For each week-long period, we compare […]

Message from the EID General Manager: More conservation needed

The El Dorado Irrigation District board enacted mandatory watering restrictions that went into effect on April 22 due to a second year of critically dry weather. The district is currently in a Stage 2 Water Supply Warning status and we are asking customers to voluntarily reduce water usage by 30 percent. After two months of […]

Jenkinson Lake storage forecast

Jenkinson Lake is EID’s primary drinking water storage reservoir. Ensuring adequate storage in the lake helps us to weather dry years. The red line in the chart tracks the 1976–1977 drought, one of the worst droughts in history. By February of 1977, EID customers needed to reduce water consumption by 70 percent—essentially to health and […]

My turn: EID customers urged to cut 30% now

On Feb. 4, the El Dorado Irrigation District board issued a Stage 2 Water Supply Warning for the district’s service area. Since that warning was issued we have been monitoring districtwide water usage, looking to see if customers are heeding our request for increased conservation. I am encouraged and happy to report that customers have, […]

Message from the EID’s general manager: A look back on four fast years and how we measure up

It’s hard to believe that four years have passed by so quickly. When I began my job at EID in September of 2009 we had our share of challenges. After cost-cutting and productivity improvements, we’re a much stronger organization — both financially and operationally. These feats have been accomplished by staff’s adherence to a rigorous […]

EID’s finances and performance updated by GM

There’s a lot going on in the water and wastewater world that affects all of us — from regulatory changes and necessary infrastructure maintenance and replacement, to how we manage our revenues and debt. I think it’s vital to share the strategies we use to ensure a sound financial future and maintain the high levels […]

Sly Park: The jewel of EID’s recreation facilities

The El Dorado Irrigation District is very fortunate to have wonderful recreational facilities that we can offer to the community. For those who want to plan weekend camping trips, daylong picnics or hikes, photography excursions, peaceful trail bike rides, or even book a special event at our event center, Sly Park offers it all. We […]

My turn: Reviewing EID’s experience with CalSPA

In 2009, the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) sued the El Dorado Irrigation District alleging violations of the federal Clean Water Act  because of sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) from the district’s wastewater collection system. In the past few years we have seen agencies all over the state sued by third-party entities, such as CSPA, using […]

Message from the EID General Manager: Cost-of-Services Study completed

In the fall of 2011, the El Irrigation District completed an extensive Cost-of-Services Study to review our rates and ensure that costs were fairly allocated for all of our customers. As a result of the study, a model was developed to allocate the district’s operating and debt costs equitably among water, wastewater, recycled water, and […]

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