Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) will observe the newly established Juneteenth National Independence Day on Friday, June 18. CVWD offices will be closed for the day.
The holiday passed through the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and was signed by the President of the United States today (Thursday).
This holiday commemorates the day, June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas, the end of slavery in accordance with President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.
As June 19 falls on Saturday this year, CVWD will recognize this holiday on Friday June 18. Some CVWD staff will be working to ensure water needs are met.
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.