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Posted on: July 1, 2021

CVWD reminds residents not to enter Whitewater River, area canals

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Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) reminds residents and visitors it is unlawful to enter the Whitewater River channel and area canals.

Both areas pose extreme danger, which is why it is unlawful to enter them. At the Whitewater River area near Windy Point on either side of Interstate 10, the flow rate has the capacity to reach 720 cubic feet per second, which is similar to 720 basketballs moving past a given point every second.

There is a danger to anyone who enters the water. Similarly, the Coachella Canal that brings Colorado River water to the valley is extremely dangerous and should not be entered.

Trespassers risk prosecution, which could lead to fines and jail time – but most importantly, they risk their lives.

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