Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) is advising residents to avoid the Desert X exhibit located on North Indian Canyon Road as a safety precaution.
The Desert X exhibit titled “Augmented Reality” is located on CVWD land. CVWD denied Desert X’s request for a permit that would allow the exhibit on that site because it is unsafe. The land is located in the floodplain and in the event of a heavy rain, such as that predicted this week, parking and/or standing at that site is extremely dangerous.
CVWD attempted to work with Desert X and the City of Palm Springs, following the permit denial to allow the exhibit at a nearby site. Desert X was unresponsive to that offer.
“We support Desert X and their mission,” said CVWD spokeswoman Katie Evans. “We believe what they do has tremendous value to our community, however it is imperative that they operate safely. Placing an exhibit in a floodplain and encouraging people to stop there is extremely dangerous and we cannot allow it.”
CVWD will be with working other relevant agencies to ensure the area is closed and the public is safe.
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.