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pdf Budget, rates and late fees adopted

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On June 20, Desert Water Agency’s Board of Directors, made up of local community representatives, voted unanimously to approve the agency’s fiscal year 2017-2018 budget. The Board also allowed the planned rate increase to move forward and implemented late fees to cover the resources spent on delinquent accounts.

pdf Court Rules in Favor of County & DWA in Taxation Lawsuit

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A federal district court ruled yesterday in favor of Riverside County and Desert Water Agency in a lawsuit filed by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The ruling will protect local residents from cost shifts and preserve local government’s ability to provide vital public services. The lawsuit aimed to prohibit the county from collecting taxes from individuals and businesses that lease reservation property.

pdf Agency to Review Budget, Rates & Late Fees at June 20 Meeting

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On June 20, DWA's Board of Directors, made up of local community representatives, will vote on a proposed rate increase slated to go into effect on July 1, 2017.  If approved, the rate for water consumed would increase by 15 cents per unit (748 gallons) to $1.72 and the effect on the monthly meter charge would be a $3.71 increase for almost all residential customers. At this meeting, the Board will also consider putting lates fees in place and will review the budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2017. 

pdf DWA partners with Palm Springs Animal Shelter

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Desert Water Agency is providing travel dog bowls and bandanas to the shelter to send home with every dog adopted during the Dog Days of Summer, June through August. Each week DWA will place a photo of an adoptable senior or long-term dog in their lobby and employee break room. The agency will also highlight the program in its customer newsletter and post photos of the adoptable dogs on Facebook and Twitter.

pdf Agency Retains Conservation Target, Eliminates Watering Schedule

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Desert Water Agency’s Board of Directors voted on April 18 to stop restricting the days of the week and times of day customers are allowed to water their landscaping. The agency is retaining its 10 to 13 percent conservation target and will still cite water wasters.

pdf Governor Ends Drought State of Emergency, Calls for Permanent Conservation Measures

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Today, the Governor ended the drought state of emergency in light of the near record-breaking precipitation this winter. Governor Brown also released an updated draft of the report, “Making Conservation a California Way of Life”. This report outlines the steps that state agencies hope to take to bolster long-term conservation efforts, building on Governor Schwarzenegger’s 2009 effort, 20 by 2020 (SBx7-7).

pdf Agencies Request Supreme Court Intervention to Protect Public Water Rights

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The publicly elected Board of Directors of Coachella Valley Water District and Desert Water Agency have decided to ask the Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that gives unprecedented groundwater rights to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The formal request for review will likely be submitted early this summer with the U.S. Supreme Court likely to accept or deny review of the case this fall.

pdf Court dismisses case aimed at protecting water customers against cost shifts

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling that dismissed a Desert Water Agency (DWA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI). The court claims that the case is premature as DWA has not yet experienced revenue losses from the regulation.

pdf Court rules in favor of Agua Caliente in water rights case

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A federal appeals court upheld a ruling that found the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has priority federal rights to groundwater in the Coachella Valley. At stake in the nationally-watched case is control over the region’s groundwater. Desert Water Agency and Coachella Valley Water District appealed the lower court ruling in an effort to protect the public’s access and right to water.

pdf Feb 23, 2017 New flexible controller program

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DWA has expanded its smart irrigation controller program.  Customers can now choose where to shop (online or in-store) and which model of weather-based irrigation controller they want. The program, which is available to residents and businesses in Palm Springs and portions of Cathedral City, also covers costs for professional installation. 

pdf Thursday, December 15, 2016 - DWA Approves New Rates to Address Infrastructure and Financial Needs

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DWA held a hearing on Thursday evening for community members to share their input, and to allow the Board of Directors to make a final decision on the first of five proposed rate increases through 2020. The Board unanimously approved the initial rate increase of less than $4.00 a month for the majority of water customers, which will go into effect on January 1, 2017. Subsequent rate increases will be reviewed and determined at public meetings closer to the date that the rates would be rolled out.

pdf Thursday, November 3, 2016 - DWA Proposes Rate Adjustment

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DWA recently sent notices informing its customers that the agency’s Board of Directors will consider a proposed rate adjustment at a public hearing on Thursday, December 15, 2016. If adopted, the proposed rates would go into effect on January 1, 2017. Independent financial experts conducted a rate study to identify rate adjustments needed to ensure that the agency covers its costs.

pdf Monday, October 31, 2016 - Revised watering schedule

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Starting November 1, Desert Water Agency customers will only be allowed to water Monday, Wednesday and Friday, before 7:00 a.m. and after 7:00 p.m. on those days.

pdf Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - Local Water Agencies Defend Coachella Valley’s Public Water Rights in Court

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Desert Water Agency and Coachella Valley Water District presented oral arguments before a federal appellate court panel of judges today.

pdf Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - Turf Buy Back Grant Apps Available August 17

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DWA is proud to announce that the Agency will open the application period for its popular turf buy back program on August 17 at noon and will accept applications until noon on September 30, 2016. Applications will be available at

pdf Monday, July 18, 2016 - DWA customers can now go paperless

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Desert Water Agency (DWA) has officially launched its e-billing service and customer information hub, myDWA. This service will allow customers to sign up to get their bill emailed to them, plus they will be able to look back at historical information and determine how they are doing on reducing water use. DWA customers can create an online account today at no charge by visiting

pdf Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - DWA Will Allow More Watering Days Through Summer

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Desert Water Agency’s (DWA) Board of Directors voted today to add Saturday and Sunday to the outdoor watering schedule through October 31. This is in addition to the previous Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule. All watering is still allowed only before 7:00 a.m. and after 7:00 p.m. on those days.

pdf Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - DWA Responds to Executive Order and State Water Board’s Proposed Framework

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Below is a statement from Desert Water Agency General Manager Mark Krause regarding the new executive order issued by Governor Jerry Brown and the State Water Resources Control Board's proposed Extended Emergency Regulation for Urban Water Conservation:

pdf Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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Desert Water Agency’s Board of Directors adopted an ordinance to enhance enforcement of the Agency’s current mandatory water use restrictions during California’s most severe drought in decades.The new action plan will help streamline the Agency’s water conservation efforts and allow DWA to better enforce the mandatory restrictions.

pdf Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - Statement on Extended Emergency Regulation

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The State Water Resources Control Board adopted a new Emergency Regulation for Statewide Urban Water Conservation, which extends and modifies the previous Emergency Regulation through October of this year. The revised Emergency Regulation acknowledges that climate should be factored into agency conservation standards. Desert Water Agency’s new conservation mandate has been adjusted from 36 percent to 32 percent moving forward.