Butte Water District (BWD) was orginally orgainized and formed in 1952. Protests from Private Ditch Companies delayed the issuing of bonds to finance the operation of BWD. It wasn't until April 10, 1956 that another revenue bond election was held to purchase the remainder of the Sutter-Butte Canal Company's canal system and pre-1914 water rights. In 1957 the Sutter-Butte Canal Co. was liquidated and Butte Water District, Biggs West Gridley Water District, Richvale Irrigation District, and Sutter Extension Water District organized to form the Joint Water Districts Board. In 1969 the Joint Districts entered into a settlement agreement with the State regarding their water right. BWD is entitled to approximately 133,000 a/f of the Joint Districts allowed diversions under its 1969 agreement with the State.
Butte Water Disctrict is a California Water District located in the Sacramento Valley south of Thermalito Afterbay, west of the Feather River, and northeast of the Sutter Buttes. The cities of Biggs and Gridley lie within the district. The district is bounded on the north by Thermalito Afterbay and on the east by the Feather River. BWD is responsible for providing irrigation to agricultural water users within its service area. Since before its formation a variety of crops have been grown within the district's service area. These crops include rice, peaches, prunes, walnuts, almonds and pasture.
The District is represented by a board of directors made up of five members. The BWD Board meets on the second Thursday of each month at the District office.