The Desert Water Agency Board of Directors voted unanimously on Tuesday to adopt a map which breaks the service boundaries into five divisions and kick-starts the transition from at-large to division elections.
The approved Map F – one of six proposed maps – will be used starting in the November 2020 election. Until then, all board members will serve at-large representing the entire service area which includes Palm Springs and portions of Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs and unincorporated Riverside County.
A new division map for Desert Water Agency elections is now available for public review. There are six maps (A, B, C, D, E revised and F) that members of the public can review and provide feedback on. A fifth pubilc hearing on this matter will be on July 16 at Desert Water Agency. At that time, the Board of Directors will vote to adopt a final map.
Lots of people are curious about water in the desert. Where does it come from? How is the quality? Is it safe to drink?
Our annual Water Quality Report, now available on our website, answers those questions and many others. It contains a variety of useful information including an FAQ section that answers common water quality questions and sample results from water delivered in 2018.
The final snow survey of 2019 showed a healthy late-spring snowpack and that means ample water supplies across the state, according to the California Department of Water Resources.
The survey taken May 1 at the Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada mountains shows a snowpack of 188 percent of average thanks to the wet winter.
Court says water agencies haven’t harmed the Tribe
A federal court announced on Friday, April 19 that the Agua Caliente Tribe was not harmed because it has always had access to as much high-quality water as it needs. The judge ruled that the Tribe does not have standing, the right to pursue a lawsuit against the local public water agencies, Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) and Desert Water Agency (DWA). The only claim remaining in the Tribe’s lawsuit is the “narrow issue” of whether the Tribe has an ownership interest in storage space for groundwater under its reservation, the court wrote.
Statewide the Sierra Nevada snowpack is 162 percent of average, thanks to the wet winter that has heavily dusted the mountains.
The Department of Water Resources conducted their fourth snow survey of 2019 on April 1 and recorded 106.5 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 51 inches.
Maps that show how Desert Water Agency’s service boundary could be divided for elections by division are available on the agency’s website at www.dwa.org/divisions.
Two public hearings are planned for customers to share input on the maps.
Desert Water Agency is hosting a free community event from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, outside our main office, 1200 S. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs.
The 2nd annual event features fun activities for the entire family and encourages the community to visit its pollinator garden and wall art. In addition to people, the garden aims to attract: Monarch butterflies, Queen butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and other pollinators.
Snow Creek Village residents are being asked to conserve water through March 15 while crews work to repair facilities damaged in the area during the Feb. 14 storm.
Water quality has not been affected due to the damage. Tap water is safe to drink and use as normal for cooking and sanitary needs. But we ask residents to not use water for irrigation, washing down pavement and other nonessential uses.