Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company

2017 Announcements


For Aquatic Nuisance Species/Mussels and lake closure information, please see our IMPORTANT NOTICES page.

At the August 8th Board meeting, it was decided by the Board to lock down shareholders who are not using water by the third day without ordering off.  Shareholders will have to call the office to get their water turned back on.  The ditches affected are the Lone Pine, Garrett Ridge, Goodland, Lower Arickaree, and the U Lateral.

                2017 Irrigation Season Information

The Board of Directors set the beginning allocation to a full head at 4 acre feet.

No water, including stock water will be delivered until the account is paid in full.


A minimum of 24 hours notice is required on all orders.

Orders must be placed before 4:00 p.m.  Monday - Friday.

Please check your headgate number before calling to order water.


Ditch riders are available 6 am - 2:30 pm Monday - Friday.

For assistance from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday, call the office (970) 565-3322.


Ditch Operating Procedures

  • Shares assigned to a community or shared headgate cannot be moved out of that headgate.
  • Once water is started in a canal, it can only be switched to a different canal once during the season.
  • Stockholders are responsible for cleaning their own headgates.
  • The Company does not take responsibility beyond the measuring device.
  • The Company does not guarantee pressure.


                  Water Outlook for 2017

Even though McPhee is full, this does not mean MVIC will have a plentiful water supply. The water that is being spilled from McPhee goes down-stream and reduces our available water.  MVIC is not able to store water when the lake is full.  We are a river company, not a reservoir company with the exception of Narraginnep and Groundhog. These reservoirs are used to supplement MVIC's supply from the river.

The outlook is based on predictions.  Things that can change the water outlook are weather, temperature, how fast snow melts, rain or snow, and water usage.



MVIC will not be spraying weeds on right-of-ways.  It is the responsibility of landowners to control weeds on their property.

The following link provides information on a cost-share program through Montezuma County for weed control.  This program is only for the 2017 year.  Click the link for more information.

Montezuma County - Irrigation Ditch Cost-Share Weed Control 2017


Office Hours:

Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Mailing Address:    PO Box 1056

Physical Address:  24055 Road L.4

Cortez, CO  81321

Phone:  (970) 565-3332

Fax:      (970) 565-8505