CVWD will offer nearly $6 million in conservation rebate programs in fiscal 2022-2023 thanks to an additional $3 million approved Sept. 13 by the Board of Directors.
Since July 1, CVWD has paid $650,000 to turf conversion program participants. An additional $2.2 million is reserved for approved projects. Those projects will replace about 950,000 square feet of turf with water-efficient landscaping.
Turf replacement rebates are $3 per square foot. The City of Rancho Mirage offers a matching rebate. CVWD customers who live in Rancho Mirage can realize a $6 per square-foot rebate.
In other action, the Board:
- Awarded a $255,889 construction contract to The Van Dyke Corp., Twentynine Palms, for repairs to a steel casing that carries water pipe along Lincoln Street, Mecca.
- Approved a $60, 931,425 loan with US. Bureau of Reclamation for 10 Coachella Canal irrigation lateral replacement projects.
- Approved a nonpotable water agreement with Tamarisk Country Club. Tamarisk will be connected to a new length of CVWD’s nonpotable distribution system planned for construction in summer 2024.
Approved a funding arrangement with the U.S. Geological Survey that maintains and operates stream-flow gauges in the Coachella Valley. The gauges measure stormwater and drainage flows to the Salton Sea, flows from the All American Canal to the Coachella Canal and groundwater quality from various wells. Total cost over five years is $766,455.