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Feb 18

Public invited to workshop on Coachella Valley groundwater management

Posted on February 18, 2020 at 3:07 PM by Diane Carmony

An overview of the 2022 update for the Indio Subbasin Alternative Plan will be presented at a public workshop on Thursday.  

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Feb 10

New rebates available for washing machines, hot water pumps

Posted on February 10, 2020 at 4:07 PM by Diane Carmony

CVWD  is offering two new water efficiency rebates for residential customers who install a new high-efficiency (HE) washing machine or a hot water recirculating pump in their home.

HE washing machines can use about 25% less energy and 33% less water than regular machines. Qualifying washing machines must be Energy Star Certified HE models with a Water Factor of 4.5 or less. Eligible machines are listed at www.energystar.gov.

CVWD will offer a maximum of $150 rebate per installed HE washing machine.

The rebate is limited to one per household for a single-family home or one rebate application per unit for a multifamily dwelling duplex, triplex or fourplex.

Hot water recirculating pumps save water and energy by reducing the wait time for hot water to arrive at the faucet or shower. The compact devices return unused hot water back to the water heater. 

CVWD will offer a maximum $125 rebate, or the cost of the installed pump, whichever is less. The rebate is limited to one per household for a single-family home or one rebate application per unit for a multifamily dwelling duplex, triplex or fourplex.

These rebates are both pilot programs and will be available only until funds are exhausted.

For both rebates, customers must provide a completed application, color photo of the installed washer or pump within 60 days of purchase and the original sales receipt or the contractor’s invoice if purchased through a plumber or contractor.

The programs are not for new construction. Funds are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reimbursements are made after all program conditions have been met.

Applications for the rebate programs are available online at www.cvwd.org/rebates or they can be picked up at CVWD’s Water Management Office, 75-525 Hovley Lane, Palm Desert.


Jan 27

Fitch Ratings assigns AAA-rating to CVWD loan

Posted on January 27, 2020 at 10:40 AM by Diane Carmony

Fitch Ratings, a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary and research, has assigned a AAA-rating to the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) for its $59.1 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan.

“This AAA rating is tremendous for the first formal credit rating in CVWD’s history” said Geoffrey Kiehl, Director of Finance for CVWD. “We are nearing the end of a year-long process whereby Fitch meticulously analyzed CVWD’s financial stability and leadership before ultimately assigning their top rating of AAA.”

The loan will fund the construction of the Coachella Valley Stormwater Channel Improvement Project. The project will increase capacity to capture and convey storm water, reduce stormwater runoff to the surrounding areas, and help the district meet design standards. Further, it will fund the construction of the North Indio Regional Flood Control Project, a 3.3-mile regional stormwater channel conveyance facility to manage and capture stormwater and reduce recurring runoff and debris to the City of Indio and parts of the unincorporated county.

The WIFIA loan is secured by a senior lien gross pledge of storm water revenues, including property tax revenue, revenue from land leases, interest income and all other revenue received by the stormwater fund. A debt service reserve fund will also be pledged to the repayment of the loan and will be sized to one year of debt service.

After weighing financial strengths and weaknesses of a company, Fitch provides a rating that indicates the risk involved with lending to that entity. An investment grade of AAA is reserved for the best quality companies, reliable and stable. The analysis is available on the Fitch Ratings website.

CVWD recently shifted its strategy for capital projects from a pay-as-you-go approach that draws from reserves to short-term and potentially long-term financing for capital improvement projects.

“Paying for almost half of the costs of these two key projects with an ultra-low cost, long-term loan permits the District to preserve our financial flexibility, as we accelerate the expansion and repair of critical stormwater control facilities over the next several years,” Kiehl said.