On Tuesday, a Riverside County Superior Court judge ruled that the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) properly protected private customer data from public release.
The First Amendment Coalition sued CVWD in August 2014, seeking water use information about customers who pump groundwater through private wells. Under the Public Records Act, names and utility usage data of utility customers are exempt from public disclosure (Government Code section 6254.16).
“CVWD fought this lawsuit because we believe it is important to protect private customer data, whether that customer is a homeowner, a business or a private pumper,” said CVWD Board President John Powell, Jr. “We also understand the importance of transparency, especially during this significant drought, which is why we will continue to provide aggregate groundwater pumping data and CVWD’s well pumping data.”
CVWD posts a number of public resources at www.cvwd.org for anyone wanting more information about the water district or water use in the Coachella Valley, including the Coachella Valley Water Management Plan, the Annual Review and Water Quality Report, CVWD’s Operating Budget and annual Engineer’s Reports on groundwater replenishment efforts.
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.
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