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.
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.
DWA plans to install about 2.75 miles of new pipe a year until at least 2031.
For 2018, the following areas have been prioritized: Ramon Road between El Cielo Road and Calle Santa Cruz, Cottonwood Road, Chaparral Road, Via Miraleste between Vista Chino and Chuckwalla, Chuckwalla Road between Via Miraleste and Chaparral Road, Francis Drive between Indian Canyon and Via Miraleste, Racquet Club Road between Indian Canyon and Starr Road, Starr Road between Racquet Club Road and Francis Drive, Laurel Circle, Sycamore Circle, Desert Willow Circle and Desert Holly Circle.
We expect work will start in early June and be completed by mid-November.