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Jun 22

Board OKs plans that look at future water supply, demand

Posted on June 22, 2021 at 2:54 PM by Diane Carmony

Following a public hearing June 22 the Board of Directors unanimously approved plans that outline anticipated urban water demands, water supplies, and water shortage contingencies for the next 25 years.

The Valley’s six water agencies developed the Coachella Valley Regional Urban Water Management Plan that must be prepared every five years. It includes current programs that encourage efficient water use.

Each agency also prepared a Water Shortage Contingency Plan that tells how it would respond to a water shortage. Beginning in 2022, each agency will need to prepare an annual assessment of demands and supplies for the coming year.

An appendix to the regional plan describes how the area is reducing reliance on supplies from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in favor of increasing use of local water supplies.

 Six people offered comments by telephone or Zoom at the hearing. Their concerns ranged from water use at planned lagoons and surfing parks, to the impacts of drought and climate change, to levels of recycled water and the lack of inclusion for disadvantaged communities.

 The board also:

  • Entered into an agreement with the State Water Resource Control Board that will grant emergency funding to reimburse the District for providing a daily water tender to Oasis Mobile Home Park tenants. The reimbursement, figured at $66,290, covers service from June 10 to September 30.
  • Learned construction is moving ahead of schedule on the Oasis In-Lieu Recharge Project and approved a $3 million budget amendment to keep the project moving forward. The $46 million project will supply Colorado River water to customers who currently use groundwater. It will include 17.5 miles of new irrigation pipeline, four reservoirs, two pump stations, two booster stations and 42 new customer delivery turnouts.
  • Decided to ask the Riverside County Flood Control & Water Conservation District to certify a length of levees in the Whitewater River Stormwater Channel. The move, with final approval from FEMA, will negate the need for flood insurance on 2,300 acres of developed land.  Certification cost is $35,628.

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