DWA’s system is made up of about 392 miles of pipeline, but currently, has about 80 miles in need of replacement. This was a major cost driver for the agency and made rate increases unavoidable. We will now be able to generate the funds necessary to help keep our water system healthy. DWA plans to install about 2.75 miles of new pipe a year until at least 2031.
Some of DWA's pipelines were installed before the Great Depression!
Our team has identified the areas in most critical need of replacement
and developed a schedule to start replacements. Most of the work will be done in summer months to avoid traffic. We are coordinating with the City of Palm Springs to help reduce project cost and inconvenience for our community.
Work is tentatively scheduled to begin in July 2019 and will be completed by August or early-September.
The 2019 Pipeline Replacement Project will target the following areas:
AREA 1: Sunmor - final repaving remaining
Livmor Avenue from Farrell Drive to Civic Drive, Airlane Drive from Andreas Road to Plaimor Avenue, Sybil Road from Livmor Avenue to Plaimor Avenue, Morsun Circle from Livmor Avenue to end of street, Easmor Circle from Livmor Avenue to end of street, Plaimor Avenue from Easmor Circle to Airlane Drive,
AREA 2: Old Las Palmas - minor work and final repaving remaining
Cahuilla Road from Via Lola to Hermosa Place, Hermosa Place from Patencio Road to Prescott Drive, Canyon Place from Patencio Road to Mission Road, Merito Place from Patencio Road to N. Palm Canyon Drive, Mission Road from Merito Place to Hermosa Place, Cahuilla Road from Alejo Road to Merito Place, Chino Drive from Vine Avenue to Belardo Road, Prescott Drive from Merito Place to El Alameda, Mountain View Place from Mission Road to Prescott Drive.
AREA 3: El Mirador - minor work and final repaving remaining
Via Miraleste from Chuckwalla Road to Mel Avenue, Chia Road from Via Miraleste to Avenida Caballeros, The Palms Street from Via Miraleste to end of street.
AREA 4 (added on): Avenida Palos Verdes - underway
Avenida Palos Verdes between Tamarisk and El Alameda.
What to expect in those areas during construction:
- Slowed traffic (lanes reduced) and limited access
- ‘No parking signs’ posted along the street as necessary
- Access to property to remain intact (if we are blocking, we’ll happily move upon request)
- Noise from construction 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays (no work on national holidays)
- Equipment and vehicles from Desert Water Agency and its contractors
- Temporary paving will be put in place before final paving is done in the fall (likely December)
- Water service is planned to remain on except for a brief period (less than half a day) for some customers
- DWA or its contractors will notify customers when they can expect the water outage
We appreciate your patience. While we understand that the installation of new water facilities causes an inconvenience, it is an essential part our responsibility to provide clean, reliable water to you and your neighbors.
Check back for updates.