About CVWD

Welcome to the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD).
CVWD was formed in 1918 to protect and conserve local water sources. Since then, the District has grown into a multifaceted agency that delivers irrigation and domestic (drinking) water, collects and recycles wastewater, provides regional storm water protection, replenishes the groundwater basin and promotes water conservation.

The Coachella Valley’s idyllic winters make it a popular destination for tens of thousands of seasonal visitors and part-time residents who travel here from throughout the United States and many other countries to enjoy championship-level golf, tennis, polo, swimming, hiking, spas, fine dining and upscale shopping. These vibrant industries are possible in the desert because the district has been a responsible manager of water resources since its formation in 1918.

Service Area

CVWD's service area covers approximately 1,000 square miles from the San Gorgonio Pass to the Salton Sea, mostly within the Coachella Valley in Riverside County, California. The boundaries also extend into small portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.

Mission Statement

To meet the water-related needs of the people through dedicated employees, providing high quality water at a reasonable cost.


CVWD is a special district established by the state legislature and governed by a 5-member
Board of Directors elected to 4-year terms by district voters. Each director represents a division of the district, but is elected at-large by all voters. The Board of Directors sets policy and represents the ratepayers.

Fields of Service

While a large part of the district’s history is in agricultural irrigation, today it meets the water-related needs of more than 109,000 homes and businesses across 1,000 square miles in the following areas of service: