DeWeese-Dye Ditch and Reservoir Company

P O Box 759, Canon City, CO  81212-0759

Current Status

9/14/18:  We will be draining the reservoirs on Monday, September 17, 2018.  This will allow for some Shareholders who are supplied water from the reservoirs to receive water one final day.  Shareholders who normally receive water from the main ditch will not receive water, as we are only draining water from the reservoirs.  We appreciate all of the cooperation provided by our Shareholders, and look forward to 2019!  We hope to receive snow and ample moisture for our 2019 irrigation season.  Thank you to all, and have a great winter!

8/24/18:  The Board has decided to NOT run irrigation water next week - the week of August 27, 2018, since we have received adequate rain to extend the season.  This will make our last week of irrigation to be the week of September 3, 2018; running September 3, 4 and 5.  We still hope for more rain!  Thank you for being patient and cooperative this season, it has been a tough one!

8/19/18: We will be running water the week of August 20, 2018; one day per Division.  You will receive water either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday in accordance to the Division you are in.  As of now, we have two weeks of water left, which will include the week of August 20, 2018.  We will notify you of any changes, as well as post any notifications to our website. 

8/10/18:  The Board has decided not to run water next week, the week of August 13, 2018.  We have enough water for 2 more runs (weeks), and we will add irrigation water from next week to the end of the season.  We appreciate your cooperation in the decision, and still hope for more rain.  Please share with any of your neighboring shareholders who do not receive email notices or use computer/internet services.

7/27/18:  Irrigation water will not run next week, the week of July 30, 2018.  Water will resume on Monday, August 6, 2018.  Due to lack of stored water, and with the ground being wet from moisture we have received and more rain to come, the Ditch feels it is best for Shareholders that the water be saved from next week to be able to extend the irrigating season that much longer.  We hope you will understand and we appreciate your cooperation.  We will keep our website updated with any changes. 

7/24/18: The debris has been removed and water will run for Division 2 as scheduled, thank you all for your patience!

7/24/18:   We are experiencing issues from flooding during last night's rain, and as a result, water has been shut off until we are able to remove the debris.  We will notify you when we are able to restore water.  Our Ditch Rider is working diligently to clear debris from our headgates.  Please check back for updates.  Your patience is very much appreciated.

6/5/18:  To All Shareholders:  As of June 4, 2018, there are about 8 to a possible 10 weeks of single-day irrigation left.  Unless we receive significant amounts of moisture, we will run out of irrigation water in roughly 8 to 10 weeks.  We will keep you notified via website, or you may call in or email us to add your email to our notification list, and we will notify you via email.  We apologize for an inconvenience this may cause you, and will hope for rain!

5/18/18:  Beginning Monday, May 21, 2018, irrigation days will be one day per week per division.  Irrigation days will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday only.  This decision was made due to the lack of water, and in an effort to conserve the water we have in storage.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  If we receive enough moisture to increase irrigation days, we will again post the notice to our website.  We appreciate your patience during this difficult time.

5/8/18:  There will be no water for the area of Locust, Ash, and Poplar in Division 2 today, Tuesday May 8, 2018, as there are issues with  the intake.  Water will be restored on the next regularly scheduled day of Friday, May 11, 2018.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

5/7/18:  First Division shareholders that receive water directly from the ditch will not have water this morning due to issues with the intake.   We are working to remedy the situation as soon as possible, please be patient.  We hope to have water restored later today. 

5/4/18: Good afternoon,   The water in Division 2 between Poplar and Elm will be shut off.  Some of the pipe in the area is plugged, and is flooding the area.  We will turn the water on once the issue is resolved.

4/3/18:  The Ditch will begin the 2018 irrigation season on April 30, 2018, on our normal schedule.  All Shareholders should clean their laterals prior to the season so that we do not have issues with water flow.  Please be good stewards of our water resources.

9/30/17:  DeWeese Ditch will shut water off from Thursday, October 5, 2017 thru Sunday October 8, 2017; and will resume on Monday, October 9, 2017.  Shut down is in conjunction with the City of Cañon City street repair project.

9/15/17:  DeWeese Ditch will be shut off from Thursday, September 21, 2017 to Sunday, September 24, 2017; as a culvert is being installed in conjunction with the City of Cañon City street improvement project, and water will resume on Monday, September 25, 2017 as long as there are no unforeseen circumstances.

9/15/17:  The last day of running water for the season will be October 14, 2017.

5/1/17:  The 2017 start date for water has been changed to Thursday, May 4.  Receiving the abundant rain and snow is the reason for the change.  This will give Ken Fulton, our Ditch Superintendent time to survey the ditch for downed branches and/or trees.  Thanks for your cooperation.

4/6/17:  The Board of Directors and Ditch Superintendent have set Monday, May 1, 2017, as the tentative start date for the 2017 water season.  The main ditch is being cleaned currently, and the shareholders have some time to get the laterals into shape.  The main ditch will be flushed and the reservoirs filled the week prior to May 1.  Your cooperation is appreciated.

9/22/16:  The tentative last day for water for the 2016 season is Saturday, October 8.  Following this the reservoirs will be drained.   

6/20/16:  As of June 13, 2016, the Company has a new Ditch Superintendent, Ken Fulton.  His phone number is the same one held by the former Ditch Superintendent, (719) 276-8568. 

5/18/16:  The water in the ditch is currently shut off due to rain and colder temperatures. It is planned that water will resume on Friday, May 20.

4/28/16:    Due to unforeseen maintenance issues on the ditch, the water start date will be changed to Monday May 9.

4/12/16:  The first day of water for the 2016 season is tentatively set for Monday, May 2.  There will be flushing of the main ditch prior to the May 2 start.  Shareholders are asked to cooperate with the Ditch Superintendent and his crew to facilitate cleaning ditches and making necessary repairs.  Cleaning laterals is the responsibility of the shareholders.  Happy watering!

3/19/16:  The meeting place for the monthly Board of Directors meeting and the annual Shareholders meeting has been moved from the Golden Age Center to the Brookside Community Center, 1720 Brookside Ave., Brookside, CO 81212

3/15/16:  As of March 15, 2016, DeWeese Ditch has a new (former) Ditch Superintendent, Dave Luscomb.  At the February meeting the Board wished Luke Miller success in his new endeavors.  Thank Luke if you see him for his service to the shareholders of DeWeese Dye Ditch & Reservoir Co.


10/6/15:  The last day of water for the year will be Wednesday, October 14.  The remaining water in the reservoirs will be drained in the days following.

10/1/15:  We will have a water shut-off date after the board meeting on October 5.

5/30/15:  Ditch water scheduled to begin Monday, June 1.

5/20/15:  Due to the continued rain, ditch water will be delayed until June 1 at the earliest.

5/14/15:  Water will begin May 25th at the earliest.

5/8/15:  Start of irrigation has been set back to May 18th at the earliest due to rain and soil saturation..

5/5/15:  Due to the rain and so many not using the water causing problems for others we are postponing the start of irrigation until at least May 11, 2015.

4/27/15:  Due to the rain we are postponing the start of irrigation until at least May 4, 2015.

4/7/15:  We are planning on starting regular two day a week irrigation on April 27th.  Flushing the ditches and filling the small reservoirs will take place the prior week.


9/30/14:  Due to problems with the work installing the new stems on the head gates at lake DeWeese there will be no water until Monday October 6, 2014, we will run that week and shut the main ditch down on October 11, then the following week the storage reservoirs will be drained.

There have been complaints that the water is not  been turned on as early as it was during the summer.  Due to safety concerns we do not want the Ditch Superintendent working in the dark, therefore as the days get shorter the water will come on later in the day.  This has been the practice now for several years.

8/26/14:  There will be no water delivered on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 thru Wednesday,  October 1, 2014.   We can not release any water from the dam due to divers working on the head gates at Lake DeWeese.  We will plan on resuming irrigation on October 2, 2014.

 If conditions allow we will plan on running water until mid October 2014.

8/12/14:  After 8 1/2 years of service, Ditch Superintendent Dave Luscomb has retired.  To his credit, he never missed a day turning the water on/off.  The Board of Directors hired Luke Miller as his replacement.  The new Superintendent has the same phone number, 719-276-8568.

5/26/14:  Because of wet conditions, no water will run in DeWeese Ditch on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, May 26, 27, & 28, 2014.  The normal water runs will resume on Thursday, May 29.

5/17/14:  Because of the wet conditions that have come about due to our recent storms, the Board has decided to conserve our water and resume the regular irrigation schedule on Monday, May 19, 2014, rather than re-starting on Thursday May 15.

5/10/14: Due to forecasted low temperatures with snow and rain, the Board has decided to interrupt/stop water delivery until Thursday May 15, 2014.  Division 3 will have water on Saturday, May 10.


4/28//14: Due to cool, windy conditions, the start of water has been delayed until Thursday May 1.  The winds deposit large amounts of debris in the ditch.  Thanks for your patience


4/8/14:  This year's watering season starts April 28, 2014. Water will run in each division two days a week, as long as conditions are right. (Consult the section on this site labeled "Divisions & Schedules" to determine your water day).  Cleaning of ditches is ongoing at the present.  Please cooperate with the workers.  Flushing of the ditches will occur April 24 and 25.

9/22/13:  The last water for the 2013 irrigation season will run in the ditch on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 7, 8, and 9.  After the final run, the reservoirs will be drained, so there will be some additional water in locations served by the reservoirs.

4/18/13:  Due to the weather and snow we will now begin irrigation on May 6.

4/3/13:  We will be flushing the system the week of April 22 and plan on starting irrigation on April 29, it will be one day a week, Monday first division, Tuesday second division and Wednesday third division

3/19/13:  We lack 122 AF of filling our storage account this winter, which is considerably better than predicted due to a wet snow early March and warm weather.  However, due to the low snowpack level in our watershed, at this time we will still plan on running once a week beginning in late April

All shareholders should inspect their ditch to make sure it is clean and free from debris or trash.  If anyone has questions or concerns they should contact the ditch superintendent.

The ditch company is responsible for maintaining the main ditch and regulating the water to the various laterals.  The share holders on the various laterals are responsible for maintaining their lateral.  When time and resources permit the ditch rider may have his crew assist in maintaining laterals.