Serving over 73,000 acres in Merced & Stanislaus Counties

Land within the Eastside Water District is primarily agricultural and irrigated with groundwater.

The only other sources of water supply is from very limited amounts of surface water from purchases in wet years from the Turlock and Merced Irrigation Districts. That water is delivered through canals adjacent to the District.

EWD is actively exploring opportunities to recharge the groundwater aquifer with excess supplies that might be made available through hydrologic events.

News & Announcements

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was passed in 2014 to help protect the groundwater resource over the long term.  SGMA enables local agencies to form and manage groundwater.  SGMA required local agencies to form Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) covering the groundwater Subbasins in which they are located.  GSAs are required to develop and implement a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP), plans to achieve sustainability and prevent undesirable results.

Board of Directors Meetings

The Board of Directors of the Eastside Water District meets at 9:00 am the third Thursday of every month at Cortez Hall, at 12937 North Cortez Avenue, Turlock, California 95380. Open to the public.

Eastside Water District Map

Eastside Water District MAP


       NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that there is one unscheduled vacancy on the Eastside Water District Board of Directors, for a term ending December 31, 2023. Pursuant to Government Code section 1780, the Board of Directors of the district has decided to fill the vacancy by appointment. The person appointed will hold office until the next District landowner election. The person appointed for the term ending December 31, 2023, will have the opportunity to seek, if they so desire, a 4-year term which will end December 31, 2027.

       The District Board invites interested persons to apply for the position of Director. In order to serve as Director, a candidate must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older, and a landowner of the District, or a legal representative of a landowner. The person appointed is required to attend regular monthly District Board meetings.

       The District Board plans to make an appointment at its April 20, 2023 Board of Directors meeting. Persons interested in being considered for appointment to the District Board should apply by letter, stating their qualifications, background and reasons for seeking appointment. Letters should be emailed to the Eastside Water District Board Secretary, Karen Whipp, via email at kareneastsidewater@att.net and received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 31, 2023. For questions call Karen at 209-626-5523 or email her at kareneastsidewater@att.net