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May 11

Project will expand nonpotable water to nine new users

Posted on May 11, 2022 at 9:06 AM by Jesse Ruiz

NPW Pipeline ConnectionCVWD Board of Directors authorized staff May 10 to seek bids for design and construction of a multiyear project that will take nine customers off groundwater.

The 2020-2021 Nonpotable Water Pipeline Connection Project will deliver about 5,200 acre-feet of nonpotable water per year for turf irrigation. The water will originate from the District’s largest water reclamation plant in Palm Desert to the customers’ existing on-site storage facilities.

The new connections will serve seven golf courses including Annenberg Estate, Rancho Mirage Country Club, and Tamarisk Country Club in Rancho Mirage; Suncrest Country Club in Palm Desert; Jack Ivey Ranch Country Club and Tri-Palm Estates and Country Club in Thousand Palms; and Palm Royale Country Club in La Quinta. The 12 miles of new pipeline will also bring nonpotable water for landscape irrigation to Indian Wells Tennis Garden and Southwest Community Church in Indian Wells.

Total cost of the project is $32,530,000. Design plans for the project are expected to be complete in June 2022.

In a related matter, the board authorized a nonpotable water agreement for the Jack Ivey Ranch Homeowners Association in Thousand Palms.  Currently, the Jack Ivey Ranch Country Club irrigates its golf course and landscape with groundwater from a well.  Plans call for connecting Jack Ivey Ranch to the nonpotable water distribution system in summer 2024.

The board also:

  • Adopted new sanitation rates and charges for fiscal years 2023-2027 based on a cost of service study launched in August 2021. The new rates effective July 1, 2022 reflect a 7.8 percent increase in fiscal 2023. For instance, a residential monthly charge in 2022 is $1.55. In 2023, the charge will be $1.69.  
  • Recognized retirements of  Customer Service Representative Ofelia Navarro,25 years;  Welder George Escobedo, 19 years; Chemist Michael Stenzel, 30 years; and Cross Connection Tech Steve Hodges, 14 years.
  • Clarified that the $67.5 million in federal funding CVWD recently received is a loan, not a grant. The funds are earmarked for replacing irrigation lateral pipelines that branch off the Coachella Canal and the proposed Mid-Canal Storage Project for the canal.


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