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Nov 30

December in your garden

Posted on November 30, 2022 at 4:30 PM by Jesse Ruiz

orange treeDecember is a great month to take advantage of mild winter weather and work in the garden.

Although it rarely happens, check weather reports daily for frost warnings. Remember: The west end of the valley is warmer than the east valley. A forecast might call for warm and sunny in Palm Springs on the same day a frost hits Thermal.

Begin harvesting citrus trees sparingly. Fruit left on the tree will sweeten as the season progresses. Hold off pruning or thinning citrus until flowering stops in the spring.


  • Build raised beds to get ready for 2023 gardening. Add organic matter into the soil to provide plants with optimum growing conditions. If space is an issue, containers work well. Or, set up a vertical trellis in a location with at least eight hours of full sun daily.
  • Reduce your water usage by converting large lawn areas with desert-friendly plants. CVWD customers may be eligible for turf conversion rebates. See for more information. At this time, the cities of Indian Wells, Palm Deseret and Rancho Mirage are matching CVWD’s rebates.
  • Grow plants in colorful pots you decorate yourself to give as holiday gifts.

What to plant

Perennials and accent plants such as cacti, succulents and ornamental grasses can replace annual beds. Use as many locally native plants as possible. That way you support the pollinators and other wildlife that depend on them for survival.

Here are three strong sources to find native or desert-friendly plants suitable for the Coachella Valley:

  • “Lush and Efficient: Desert-Friendly Landscaping in the Coachella Valley” lists more than 300 plants with over 800 photos. You can search by several dozen categories. You can pick up a free copy of the 160-page book at CVWD’s Coachella office at 50-501 Tyler St., or CVWD’s Palm Desert office at 75-525 Hovley Lane East (same building where you pay your bill). You can also find the book at for PDF download.
  • At, all you have to do is enter your address to see 510 plants and photos divided into 20 categories.

“Flower Planting Guide for the Low Desert,” by University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, includes handy charts describing the characteristics of dozens of flowers appropriate for the Coachella Valley.

Nov 01

November in your garden

Posted on November 1, 2022 at 2:27 PM by Lorraine Garcia

In times of drought trees take precedence over other landscaping plants. Lawns and landscape plants are easily replaced; a large shade tree takes many years to become established.

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Oct 25

CVWD drivers improve driving habits

Posted on October 25, 2022 at 3:42 PM by Jesse Ruiz

CVWD Board RoomThe Geotab fleet tracking system installed in Coachella Valley Water District vehicles has provided positive results.

CVWD drivers have changed their behaviors, Assistant General Manager Dan Charlton told the Board of Directors Oct. 25. 

“We’ve seen a change in operational culture in the last six months,” he said.

Geotab recordings show that drivers in CVWD vehicles are driving more safely and have slowed down. 

Geotab identifies drivers and measures such movements as speed, acceleration, total miles driven, braking, cornering, idling time, and driving duration. Measurements are recorded every second.  

Overall safety scores averaged 99.87% for the seven-week period from Aug. 26 through Oct. 7.

 The Geotab report included these figures about CVWD driving: 

  •  Average daily District miles driven = 12,500
  • Miles driven in September = 238,348
  • Projected yearly District miles driven = 2.85 million

The board also:

  • Recognized anniversaries of Auto Shop Supervisor Matt Loutsenhizer, 20 years; Electrical Crew Chief Todd Enoki, 20 years, and the retirement of Mechanical Technician II Armando Pacheco, 20 years.
  • Awarded a contract for on-call hazardous waste removal to Advanced Chemical Transport. The two-year contract has up to three additional one-year terms for a maximum term of five years, not to exceed $460,000.
  • Approved an agreement with Krieger and Stewart, Inc., to study the feasibility of building a pump station at Lake Cahuilla and installing a pipeline to deliver Colorado River water to the Quarry at La Quinta country club. Total cost is $105,900.  
  • Approved soliciting bids to replace three aging, corroded steel pressure tanks. Two are in Rancho Mirage, one is in Bombay Beach. Estimated cost is $350,000. 

 Awarded a contract to Downing Construction to replace about 14,000 feet of corroded domestic water pipeline along Adams Street east of Sun City Palm Desert. It will be replaced with polyethylene wrapped, zinc-coated ductile iron ripe. Total cost is $9,725,000.