Wastewater Collections & Treatment Services
Today, most Coachella Valley Water District domestic water customers also receive sewer services from the water district. Nearly 6.3 billion gallons of wastewater are treated yearly. The district also has the capacity to increase its wastewater treatment as the Coachella Valley’s population grows.
CVWD began wastewater collections and treatment services in 1968, when it acquired the Palm Desert Country Club’s water and sewer systems. Today the district provides wastewater service to more than 91,000 home and business accounts. It operates 6 water reclamation plants from Palm Desert to Thermal, and maintains more than 1,000 miles of sewer pipelines and more than 30 lift stations that collect and transport wastewater to the nearest water reclamation facility.
Current expansions and improvement to the wastewater collection system and reclamation plants are taking place throughout the Coachella Valley.
Of its 6 water reclamation plants, 3 are equipped to treat wastewater to meet state standards for non-potable water for irrigation. Every gallon of recycled water used for outdoor irrigation saves precious groundwater for potable use by domestic customers.