Here’s how it works: An SRP employee opens a gate to release the water from one of the Valley’s seven main canals into a system of smaller waterways called laterals. Another gate is opened to release water from laterals into your neighborhood system.
You and your neighbors are responsible for making sure all gates and controls are set properly to receive water. Your yard will be flooded 2-3 inches deep. The ground will soak it up in about three hours’ time.
The employee who opens the canal gates and SRP’s gates into the neighborhood system is called a zanjero—Spanish for “ditch rider.” Zanjeros have been controlling irrigation flows since the late 1800s. You may recognize the name from a Gilbert desert park that honors their work.