Why is it important to replenish the aquifer?
For many years, the amount of water used from the aquifer has exceeded the natural replenishment of the aquifer. This imbalance caused an “overdraft” of the Coachella Valley groundwater basin. Overdrafting a groundwater basin causes water levels to drop and can have serious consequences, including increased pumping costs for all water users, land subsidence and water quality issues. The comprehensiveCoachella Valley Water Management Plan (PDF) developed in 2002 and updated in 2012, and the Mission Creek Garnet Hill Water Management Plan developed in 2013 guide CVWD in its efforts to eliminate overdraft. Replenishing the aquifer with imported water is one of the means for doing this.

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1. What is the purpose of the RAC?
2. Who pays the RAC?
3. If I don’t use this amount of water, how does this apply to me?
4. Why is it important to replenish the aquifer?
5. What is the RAC?
6. What was the reason for the latest increase?