Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) is now accepting applications from local growers interested in receiving rebates for changing the way they irrigate their permanent crops. Rebates will go to growers who convert their irrigation with Colorado River water from flood to the more efficient drip method.
Qualifying applicants can receive rebates of $1,500 per acre, with a maximum of 160 acres ($240,000) per project. CVWD received a $1 million grant from the the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to fund the new conservation program. Applicants must be pre-approved to qualify and approvals will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
Applicants must achieve a savings of 3 acre-feet of water per acre annually. Additional information about the program including a complete list of requirements and an application is available at www.cvwd.org/rebates.
A portion of the water saved will be retained in Lake Mead to help maintain the lake’s water level; the balance will be available to CVWD for groundwater replenishment. Colorado River water is the primary source of water for agricultural irrigation in the Coachella Valley.
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.