Desert Water Agency celebrates 60 years on Sept. 15, 1961. The Agency was formed as a special district to ensure adequate water for the western part of the Coachella Valley.
Check out our gallery and timeline for a look at DWA through the years.
Click on each year to see the information.
- In October construction of the Snow Creek Filtration Plant is completed. The plant filters water for distribution to Snow Creek Village.
- Construction on the Snow Creek Filtration Plant begins.
- In April Gov. Jerry Brown lifts the drought state of emergency. The drought is officially over but DWA still promotes and implements water conservation measures for long-term sustainability.
- Sustainable Groundwater Management Act becomes law
- DWA becomes Groundwater Sustainability Agency within its boundaries
- Water restrictions are implemented as a result of the drought.
- MSWD, DWA, CVWD and other agencies work to update Regional Water Management Plan
- Water Management Plan adopted by MSWD, DWA and CVWD
- Start of the one of the worst droughts in the region on record. Gov. Jerry Brown calls for a “drought state of emergency” across the state.
- MSWD, DWA, CVWD and other agencies work to develop Regional Water Management Plan
- DWA completes 1/2 million gallon reservoir, expanding the influent storage capacity at the recycling facility
- DWA re-landscaped the Operations Center with water efficient desert landscaping to serve as a conservation garden.
- DWA installs a solar field at its operations center.
- DWA completes construction of the Mission Creek Groundwater Replenishment ponds to recharge the subbasins in the area north of Palm Springs with imported water.
- Desert Water Agency requests MSWD support to commence groundwater replenishment program
- MSWD passes Resolution 2001-15 to support DWA's groundwater replenishment program
- MSWD General Manager sends letter to DWA acknowledging DWA and CVWD as the entities responsible for managing and replenishing the Mission Creek Groundwater Subbasin
- DWA and CVWD begin replenishing groundwater supply through exchange with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
- DWA and CVWD enter into separate exchange agreements with Metropolitan Water District for Colorado River Supplies
- DWA enters into contract with the Department of Water Resources for imported water
- Property owners in Desert Hot Springs area petition DWA to be brought into the DWA boundary
- DWA passes ordinance to annex Desert Hot Springs area only if Desert Hot Springs County Water District (now named Mission Springs Water District) consents
- Desert Hot Springs County Water District (now MSWD) passes resolution to be annexed into DWA
- Desert Hot Springs community votes to be annexed into DWA service area
- DWA expands boundaries
- On Sept. 15, Senate Bill 1082 becomes effective establishing DWA as a special district.
- On Sept. 18, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors appoint the first DWA directors: Francis Crocker, Edgar McCoubrey, George Ripley and Herbert Samson, all of Palm Springs, and Ivan Sharp of Cathedral City.