Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) will start construction in mid-July on a project in La Quinta to replace aging irrigation infrastructure and continue the District’s effort to ensure a sustainable groundwater supply.
The La Quinta Irrigation Distribution Improvement Project will involve installing 22,000 feet of irrigation pipeline along Avenue 52, Washington Street, Calle Tampico, Avenida La Fonda and Avenue 50, resulting in the abandonment of 17,300 feet of aging pipeline. This new infrastructure will increase delivery capacity so that golf courses and other landscaped areas will have the ability to utilize Colorado River water for 80%, or more, of their total irrigation requirements.
“This forward-thinking project will conserve groundwater,” said Jim Barrett, general manager of CVWD. “Every gallon of Colorado River water used for irrigation of a golf course, or other landscaped area, is a gallon that remains in the aquifer increasing the health of the groundwater basin and improves sustainability which is a primary and highly important aspect of CVWD’s Water Management Plan.”
The project, estimated at a cost of $5.9 million, will continue to bring Colorado River water via a reliable pipeline to golf courses, cities and other users. The La Quinta Civic Center Park will be added as a new user of Colorado River water for irrigation, helping to preserve our precious groundwater.
Service to the existing irrigation customers will continue uninterrupted except for a three-day period when the new pipeline is connected to the existing system. Irrigation customers will be given advance notice of when the transfer connection is ready to be made. This project is expected to be completed within nine months.
The Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of directors. The district provides domestic and irrigation water, agricultural drainage, wastewater treatment and reclamation services, regional storm water protection, groundwater management and water conservation. It serves approximately 108,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, located primarily in Riverside County, but also in portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.