Drought in Palm Springs

Water in Palm Springs and The Coachella Valley, California

Many of our clients have mentioned concern over the drought conditions in California.  The information on this web page should help to alleviate  any fears of purchasing property in these wonderful Desert communities.

The Coachella Valley is not in the same dire situation as other areas of the state thanks to:
1.  A massive underground aquifer
2.  Imported water supplies
3.  Recycled water supply
4.  A successful groundwater replenishment program and decades of long-term planning.

CVWD is committed to meeting the state’s mandate to reduce water use by 36% by February 2016, or face penalties of up to $10,000 per day.

An important resource regarding this issue is the General Manager’s Message in the 2013-14 Annual Review and the publication “Decades of Efforts Pay Off in Successful Groundwater Management”. We will be happy to forward you this information.

Collaborative efforts by Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) and Desert Water Agency (DWA) have resulted in more than 3.1 million acre-feet (1 trillion gallons) of imported water being replenished into the aquifer since 1973, making the program the most significant tool the agencies have in the ongoing battle against aquifer overuse.

“Groundwater levels have always been a priority for both DWA and CVWD.” according to DWA Board President Craig Ewing.
The State of the Coachella Valley Aquifer (PDF)_201501280913264057-2

Recycled, Colorado River water is one resource used to protect groundwater supplies.  As well, by recycling wastewater, we protect the quality of the aquifer and provide an alternative supply to our major landscape customers, such as golf courses and public parks.

Craig Ewing, DWA Board President, says ”Waste water recycling also saves energy by only using a quarter of the power required to pump groundwater from deep wells. Recycled water has several benefits.  Recycled water use for landscape irrigation protects the quality of our water supply since plants consume nitrates from the water, thereby reducing the amount of nitrates which reach our groundwater.”

The use of recycled water saves millions of gallons of water from being pumped out of our precious aquifer each year. Recognizing the importance of the golf industry to the local economy, the water agencies are working closely with them to ensure this expansion occurs in a timely manner.

“The golf courses have been very receptive to using recycled water or Colorado River water for irrigation because they understand the need to protect our most precious resource,” said CVWD Board President John Powell, Jr.  Throughout the Coachella Valley, 51 golf courses use recycled or imported water for irrigation, significantly reducing demand on the aquifer. This water is also provided to two high schools, as well as, a number of parks, medians and homeowner associations.

If you want to know more, don’t hesitate to contact us for more detailed  information about our water in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.

Information and pictures courtesy of CVWD website