On Wednesday, April 4, Desert Water Agency took about 100 members of the public 'behind the scenes' to see a well site, reservoirs, our recycled water plant, the solar field that powers our office and plant, and our office. It was engaging and informative!
The United States Supreme Court announced today it will not review a court decision in a lawsuit that the Agua Caliente Tribe filed against Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) and Desert Water Agency (DWA) in 2013 seeking unprecedented rights to groundwater, superseding all other water users . The decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, granting superior rights to groundwater to the Tribe will remain in effect.
Together, Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) and Desert Water Agency (DWA) have replenished more than 330,000 acre - feet of imported water into the Coachella Valley groundwater basin so far this year. That is more imported water than has ever been replenished within a year and is more than will be used this year by all groundwater pumpers, marking a significant milestone in increasing groundwater levels in local aquifers.
As of this week, Coachella Valley Water District and Desert Water Agency have imported more than 200,000 acre-feet of water for the year to replenish groundwater in the Coachella Valley. The public water agencies expect to put more water into the aquifer this calendar year than will be used by valley residents and businesses.
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.