Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) has launched a new line of tours to provide an in-depth look at water issues in the Coachella Valley.
“These new educational tours will give customers a chance to see the internal workings of CVWD and the expansive water systems that the district manages,” said Katie Evans, director of Communications and Conservation for CVWD. “The additional tours will supplement the highly popular and informative Imperial Dam Tour that we will continue to offer.”
These are the tours that have been added to the CVWD lineup:
1. The Domestic & Stormwater Tour: This half-day tour will visit a well site where CVWD pumps water from the aquifer and delivers it to customers through a complex distribution system. Participants will learn how CVWD collects and tests more than 22,000 water samples annually to ensure safe, high-quality drinking water. A stop at a reservoir will show how water is stored for reliable delivery to homes and businesses 24/7. This tour will also travel through the La Quinta portion of CVWD’s stormwater protection and flood control facilities. CVWD protects 590 square miles from flooding.
2. The Canal, Agriculture & Replenishment Tour: This half-day tour shows how water is monitored and accounted for from CVWD’s Control Room using microwave communication devices and state-of-the-art technology. Participants will visit a local farm area where micro-irrigation is used, saving more than 30 percent of water over traditional irrigation methods. This tour also includes a stop at a replenishment facility where Colorado River water percolates into the groundwater basin replacing some of what valley consumers have used.
3. The Wastewater Treatment, Mid-Valley Pipeline & Groundwater Sustainability Tour: This half-day tour will visit CVWD’s wastewater treatment plant in Palm Desert where approximately 10 million gallons of wastewater is processed daily. Participants will learn how CVWD recycles this water through a multi-step treatment process for outdoor irrigation on golf courses and other landscapes. The tour will also include a visit to the Mid-Valley Pump Station where water is pumped out of the Coachella Canal to the treatment plant and is blended with recycled wastewater to supplement golf course irrigation needs. A visit to the Desert Willow Golf Resort is also included along with a discussion of their use of recycled water for irrigation.
Private tours can also be requested from CVWD. Each fall and spring CVWD offers a limited number of customized tours based on budget, staff and facility availability. Private bus tours have a maximum of 25 participants per bus, and there must be a minimum of 10 participants for a tour. Tour participants get a first-hand look at a municipal well site, a water storage reservoir, Lake Cahuilla (which is the terminus of the Coachella Canal), a groundwater replenishment facility, and a wastewater reclamation plant (which produces recycled water for use on golf courses). Groups that have not scheduled a private tour within the last three years will be given priority.
For additional information and tour guidelines, including information about the required liability waiver, and to sign up for a tour, visit www.cvwd.org/tours