States and major organizations across the west have asked the United States Supreme Court to review a lawsuit that could shift control of local groundwater away from the public to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. This week, ten states; the National Water Resources Association; the Pacific Legal Foundation; the Western Coalition of Arid States; and the Irrigation & Electrical Districts’ Association of Arizona filed or signed on to briefs in support of the local, public water agencies, Desert Water Agency and Coachella Valley Water District.
Desert Water Agency offers a variety of water-saving programs that our Board of DIrectors approved funding for in the new fiscal year (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018). Programs include rebates for turf conversion, smart irrigation controllers and high-efficiency toilets. Additionally, the agency recently added an efficient sprinkler nozzle program, which allows customers to apply for free precision sprinkler nozzles. Funding for each program is first come, first served. Apply today!
At a recent Board meeting, DWA awarded some of its customers for the steps they've taken to save water. DWA and CV Water Counts recognized a homeowner, a business and a public entity for their outstanding projects replacing grass with desert landscaping. DWA also gave a special award to the City of Palm Springs for their efforts to save water during the drought restrictions period.
On July 5, Desert Water Agency and Coachella Valley Water District filed petitions requesting US Supreme Court review on the water rights lawsuit brought by the Agua Caliente. In the Coachella Valley, groundwater has always been a shared public resource. This case stands to change that and upset groundwater basins overlying federal land in other parts of the country. Click here to read the petition.
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.