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The process involves setting up your account, testing your meter and delivery valves to determine any further work that must be done on our part prior to delivering your first order. We will make sure that all valves and your meter are working properly. We will review specifics regarding how your meter measures water. We will go over what type of crop you will be watering and work with you to determine the most accurate amount of water necessary.
A short delivery is the closest acreage next to the meter. The district’s responsibility is 3 feet downstream of the short delivery valve.
An intermediate delivery is located off of the long delivery and is used to irrigate the next acreage downstream of the meter. The district’s responsibility is also only 3 feet downstream of the intermediate valve.
A long delivery is used to irrigate the furthest acreage to the south of the meter. The district’s responsibility is up to 1,300 feet from the long delivery valve.
Any delivery lines or field valves past the points mentioned above will be the user’s responsibility.
The canal distribution system was constructed and engineered to follow the natural slope of the land to allow the free flow of water in the direction of the force of gravity. Irrigation pumps are used to deliver water to elevated areas within the availability zones.
Visit our Publications page to find CVWD’s Water Wise at Home guide for tips on how to find a leak, and a video on how to read your water meter to detect if you have a leak. District Publications
In addition, CVWD is facing an estimated $250 million in capital costs associated with the state’s new chromium-6 drinking water standard. CVWD is pursuing low-interest financing (State’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund) to help keep costs and rates as low as possible. Successfully obtaining this type of financing requires a long-term revenue plan. Although the long-term plan outlines five years of increases, those proposed rates will need to be re-evaluated and approved each year by the Board of Directors following additional public input.
Examples of RAC payers include public water system purveyors including the Coachella Valley Water District, and entities that own, lease or operate farms, nurseries, golf courses or large irrigated areas (about 5 acres) where their wells produce more than 25 acre-feet of groundwater in any year.
West Whitewater River SubbasinThe West Whitewater River Subbasin Area of Benefit RAC, effective July 1, 2016, is $128.80 for each acre-foot of water pumped in that subbasin by large water uses (those pumping more than 25-acre-feet of groundwater in any year). The RAC reflects an 15 percent increase from the RAC in the previous fiscal year.
Mission Creek SubbasinThe Mission Creek Subbasin Area of Benefit RAC, effective July 1, 2016, is $123.20 for each acre-foot of water pumped in that subbasin by large water uses (those pumping more than 25-acre-feet of groundwater in any year). The RAC reflects an 10 percent increase from the RAC in the previous fiscal year.