A major project to rebuild the City of Yakima's oldest and largest irrigation system has been completed on schedule and under budget.

During this past winter, private contractors replaced several thousand feet of pipe in the city's General Irrigation System, which is commonly known as "System 308."  With the final phase of the nearly decade-long project completed, about 130,000 feet of pipe has been replaced.

The decision to completely rebuild System 308 was made by the city council in 2003 following a series of public meetings. People living in the areas served by the system, primarily Northeast and Southeast Yakima, convinced the council to maintain a separate irrigation system. This will be chosen instead of a single system to deliver water for both domestic and irrigation uses.