Hildalgo County Irrigation District No. 1 (Edinburg)

The official name of Edinburg is Hidalgo County Irrigation District No.1. The district office is located in the city of Edinburg, Texas.

The district boundary covers 38,285 acres of Hidalgo County and serves an estimated (avg) 20,000 acres of irrigated cropland. Their main pumping plant is located just south of the small city of Penitas. From there the water flows 14 miles till it reaches the cities of McAllen and Edinburg where the district boundary begins.

The Penitas pumping plant was built 1926 and has a maximum operating capacity of 600 cfs with a typical peak-pumping rate of 450 cfs. They operate a distribution system totaling approximately 38 miles of main canals, 54 miles of secondary canals, 109 miles of underground pipelines, and 48 miles of drain ditches that also serve the surrounding communities. Twelve re-lift pump stations are located throughout the system increasing head pressure. One 500 acre-foot reservoir helps regulate and keep up with the changing water demands.

They supply domestic/municipal water users including the cities of McAllen and Edinburg, and Corporations like North Alamo Water Supply.


Contact Information
George Carpenter (Manager)
PO Box 158
Edinburg, Tx 78539
Phone: (956) 383-3886
Fax: (956) 383-5593


Project 1 of US Pub.L 106-576    In the Hidalgo County, Texas Irrigation District #1, a pipeline project identified in the Melden & Hunt, Inc. engineering study dated July 6, 2000 as the Curry Main Pipeline Project.

The project proposes the replacement of an existing concrete lined canal that is 8 feet wide and 6 feet deep with a 72 inch underground pipeline an estimated 2 miles.