I followed the filling up of the Wenatchee Reclamation District's canals on Monday. It's a sign of spring and new life as the water is used in orchards and lawns up and down the Wenatchee Valley. For me, it's a time to pray as I'm the manager of my neighborhood's irrigation system. It's a system my father was instrumental in upgrading some 40ish years ago and there is always intrepidation as I turn the valve on at the ditch letting it rush into the pipes that run past houses and along streets on the way to my house and those around me. Will this be the year the pipe springs a leak? I came across a couple working on their neighborhood irrigation line earlier Monday and they had the same concerns.