Byron-Bethany Irrigation District Mission Statement

Providing for the beneficial use of water and water-related services for consumers and landowners, Byron-Bethany Irrigation District is committed to providing a reliable water supply and managing the area’s water resources in an environmentally sound and cost-effective manner.

The District shall endeavor to:

-Protect, preserve, and enhance the District’s historically acquired pre-1914 appropriative water rights and allocations under the District’s CVP Water Supply Contract.

-Manage and protect the District’s groundwater resources in co-operation with other basin wide water agencies.

-Be viewed as a positive and progressive community asset.

-Provide District consumers and landowners with reliable infrastructure.

-Encourage a safe working environment for all District employees and associated personnel.

-Foster a positive working relationship with all agricultural, municipal and industrial consumers, landowners, and other agencies.

District Management

Byron-Bethany Irrigation District operates under the direction of the elected Board of Directors. The District General Manager reports to the Board and is responsible for directing District operations.

The General Manager’s job is to plan, organize, direct and review the overall activities and operations of the District; represent the District locally, regionally and at the state and federal levels; and to ensure the best interests of the District are met.

Board Meetings

Regularly scheduled meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. Meetings are located at the Charles Spatafore Auditorium, at 7995 Bruns Road, Byron, CA. All meetings are open to the public in accordance with the Brown Act (Government Code §§ 54950-54926). Click here for board agendas.

Election Procedures

Candidates considered for election to the BBID Board of Directors must own land within the division they hope to represent.  For example, the Division I Director must own land within Division I, and so on.

Authorizing Statute

Byron-Bethany Irrigation District is a multi-county special district, operating under Division 11 of the California Water Code.

  • Financial Transparency
  • Water Rates
  • Groundwater Management
  • To review the District’s current budget, recent audits, salary information and more, please visit our Financial Transparency page.

  • As a public agency, BBID cannot earn a profit from the services it provides, and must charge no more than the actual costs associated with providing services to its customers. For detailed information about the District’s water rates, including a recent Cost of Service Study, please visit our Water Rates page.

  • The District is committed to utilizing the best groundwater management practices, complying with new state regulations requiring detailed planning with respect to water resources and collaboration with local partners for sustainable groundwater management. Read more here.

What is a Special District and what do they do?

The Byron-Bethany Irrigation District is one of approximately 2,109 independent special districts in California.

Special districts are a type of local government created by a local community to meet a specific need. In BBID’s case, the District was originally created to deliver raw, agricultural water to area farmers.

Inadequate tax bases and competing demands for existing taxes make it hard for cities and counties to provide all the services their citizens desire. When residents or landowners want new services or higher levels of existing services, they can form a district to pay for and administer them.

Nearly 85% of California’s special districts perform a single function such as sewage, water, fire protection, pest abatement or cemetery management. Multi-function districts, like community services districts, provide two or more services.

To learn more about special districts, please visit

(Source: California Special Districts Association)