The Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID) is located in Yakima and
Benton counties in South Central Washington. Click
here for a geographic map showing the land served by SVID.
sheet for SVID.
SVID is the largest entity in the Sunnyside Division which
encompasses all lands served by the Sunnyside Canal. The Sunnyside
Division serves 99,244 irrigable acres and is comprised of three irrigation
districts Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District, Grandview Irrigation
District and Benton Irrigation District, two ditch companies Konowac
Ditch Company and Piety Flat Ditch Company, and five cities and
towns Zillah, Granger, Sunnyside, Grandview and Prosser. SVID provides irrigation service to roughly 86,500 acres with
mostly senior, non-proratable rights. The Sunnyside Division has, in
the aggregate, 2/3 senior or non-proratable rights and 1/3 junior or
The Sunnyside Division dates back to 1890 when the Northern Pacific
Railroad began construction of the Sunnyside Canal. The United
States Bureau of Reclamation (then known as the United States
Reclamation Service) purchased the Sunnyside Canal in 1905 and by
1923 completed the project.
sheet for Sunnyside Division.
On March 10, 1906, the Sunnyside Water Users Association was formed
to provide a liaison between the federal government and the
landowners. On January 22, 1917, the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation
District was formed to replace the Sunnyside Water Users
The Bureau of Reclamation operated the Sunnyside Division until
1945. Beginning with the 1946 irrigation season, SVID has operated
and maintained its facilities as well as the joint use facilities of
the Sunnyside Division.
SVID is a governmental entity and is not privately owned or
operated for profit. It is operated by the landowners of the
district for their mutual benefit. Click
here for a map showing the land served by SVID.
Our Directors Divison (click here for
Simpson, Chairman 5
Golob, Vice Chairman 1
Bill Scheenstra 2