Office  626-797-6295  
Fax  626-794-5552  
1999 Kinclair Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107-1017  
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Company Profile

The Kinneloa Irrigation District was formed in October 1953 by Resolution of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.  It operates under the rules and regulations of Division 11 of the State of California Water Code and is not under the jurisdiction of the Public Utilities Commission.  A five member publicly elected Board of Directors serves as the governing body.  The KID started serving customers on December 15, 1955, when it acquired the assets of the Kinneloa Water Company.  Additional water services have been added over the years including the following:

  • Between 1956 and 1973, 75 additional homes were build in the Kinneloa Canyon and Kinneloa Estates developments.
  • In 1974, the KID acquired the assets of the Mira Loma, Canyon Mutual and Osborn Water Companies and 225 additional  services were added to the District.  The KID formed an improvement district to upgrade and replace infrastructure in those areas.
  • In 1978, 24 new homes were built on Villa Highlands and Villa Knolls roads.
  • In 1983, 27 homes were built in an undeveloped area of the District know as Hastings Heights.
  • In 1990, 48 town homes were built at a site near New York Drive and Altadena Drive.
  • In 2003, 21 building sites were completed in the Kinneloa Canyon area known as Kinneloa Ridge and homes were constructed on 20 of the lots over a two-year period. 
  • Water service to additional individual building lots and common landscape irrigation sites over the years account for the current 584 services.
  • Approximately 25 vacant lots remain in the District.

Our Customers

The customers of the Kinneloa Irrigation District (KID) offer a varied profile. Most of our 584 metered customers live in single-family homes in hillside or canyon settings adjacent to the Angeles National Forest.  The homes vary widely in age from newly-built to more than 100 years ago. The average household numbers 3.3 persons and the homes vary in size from small cottages to large ranch-style or multi-story mansions.  Some of the properties are zoned for horses. Some of our customers live in a 48-unit townhouse complex that was built in 1990.  One hundred homes were rebuilt after the 1993 Kinneloa-Altadena wildfire.

In addition, KID serves a few commercial customers that include a church, a school, a nursery, the Los Angeles County Flood Control and the Eaton Canyon Equestrian Center. The KID also supplies water for fire protection throughout its service area.

Residents are represented by a publicly elected Board of Directors of the KID as well as by nine active homeowner associations: Dove Creek, Hastings Heights, Kinneloa Canyon, Kinneloa Estates, Kinneloa Mesa, North Kinneloa Ranch, Pasadena Glen, Sierra Madre Villa, and Kinneloa Ridge. 


System Description


The KID is divided into two geographic areas which is generally divided by the Wilcox Canyon watercourse.  These areas are connected by pipelines between the East and West reservoirs, the Holly and the Vosburg reservoirs and the Eucalyptus and Wilcox reservoirs.  There are several pressure zones within each area which contain additonal reservoirs, a distribution piping network and booster pump stations that receive water from the KID's wells and horizontal water tunnels.

Water Sources

The KID owns and operates two water wells which are the primary source of water for the District.  The Wilcox and K-3 Wells supply the Wilcox and Eucalyptus Reservoirs.  Both wells pump from the Raymond Basin aquifer from which the District has a 516 acre-feet adjudicated pumping allowance.  Both wells are equipped with vertical turbine pumps.  The KID also owns and operates nine water supply tunnels which were originally constructed by hand in the 1800's to serve the ranches in the area.  Currently, five of these tunnels supply water directly to the KID system and four tunnels release water in the local spreading basins.  Tunnel flow rates vary according to the time of year and the annual rainfall and are capable of supplying anywhere from a few gallons per minute up to a hundred gallons per minute or more.

Interconnections and Emergency Equipment

The KID currently maintains and operates six emergency interconnections with the City of Pasadena which can deliver water to the Vosburg, Wilcox and Eucalyptus Reservoirs.  The KID also has six trailer-mounted diesel-powered portable generators for emergency operations at District facilities in the event of a power failure.  Redundant pumps are in place at most facilities in case of pump failures.


The KID operates and maintains ten water storage reservoirs at elevations ranging from 940 feet to 1,637 feet with a total capacity of approximately 4 million gallons.

Booster Pumping Facilities

The KID operates and maintains six booster pumping facilities to move water into the six pressure zones in the system.  They are the Eucalyptus, Sage, Holly, Vosburg, Glen and Wilcox facilities.  Horsepower of the pumps range from 20 to 75 HP depending on location and purpose.  Redundant pumps are in place at most facilities in case of pump failures.


There are approximately 75,000 feet of transmission and distribution mains in the KID service area.  Piping materials include, galvanized steel, AC, PVC and ductile iron and range in size from 2½" to 16" in diameter.  There are 110 fire hydrants providing flows of between 750-3500 gpm with a 20 psi minimum residual pressure.


Management and Operations


General Manager -- Melvin L. Matthews

Administrative Assistant -- Donna Eggehorn

Administrative Assistant -- Joel Bundy

Senior Facilities Operator -- Chris Burt

Facilities Operator -- Brian Fry

Facilities Maintenance Worker -- Juan Tello


Board of Directors

Division 1 - Gerrie Kilburn  Resolution of Appreciation

Division 2 - Frank Griffith

Division 3 - Gordon Johnson

Division 4 - Timothy Eldridge

Division 5 - William Opel