The second snow survey of the year on January 31st shows the Sierra snowpack at 100 percent of average thanks to the heavy snowstorms that brought lots of snow to the mountains.
Thanks to increased precipitation in December and January, Desert Water Agency stands to receive increased water allocations from the State Water Project (SWP).
The Department of Water Resources announced the statewide increase which provides the majority of SWP contractors with 15 percent of their requests for 2019, up from the initial 10 percent. Desert Water Agency is hopeful that this increase is the first of several more to come before the final allocation is announced – likely in April.
Desert Water Agency will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the Henry V. Lozano Community Center, 12800 W. Arroyo Drive, Desert Hot Springs, to share information and gather input on the proposed transition from at-large to district elections.
DWA currently has an at-large system that allows customers to elect all five members of the Board of Directors. Elections by division will break the service area into five divisions with customers voting only for candidates from within their own division.
We have received a lot of rain lately. Please keep in mind the state requirement that sprinklers and irrigation remain off 48 hours after measurable rainfall. This will help you save water and minimize the water running into the gutters. If you want to save even more, you can wait to resume watering until your soil feels dry.
If you haven't already, consider installing Smart Controllers that shut irrigation off during rainy weather. Desert Water Agency offers rebates to make it easy and affordable.
Unfortunately, there have been instances of plant pilfering in neighborhoods and homeowners’ associations. If you experience or witness a plant theft, please notify the police.
Certain landscaping, such as cactus, a popular and expensive native plant, can be appealing to a thief looking to turn around and sell it for profit. Newly planted landscaping is especially vulnerable since it is easier to remove.
The season’s first snow survey on Jan. 4 shows water content below average but still significantly better than last year.
Even though winter storms have coated California’s Sierra Nevada, the state is still experiencing a drier-than-normal start to the wet season with the snowpack at 67 percent of normal. Last year’s reading on Jan. 3 was at 29 percent.
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) began delivering water to the desert’s Whitewater Replenishment Facility on Jan. 10. The imported water deliveries are expected to continue through the end of February.
This delivery is thanks to an exchange agreement between DWA, Coachella Valley Water District and MWD. We give MWD our State Water Project allotment in exchange for Colorado River Water which is delivered via an aqueduct that runs through the Coachella Valley.