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Your Water is Our Promise: The CVWD Blog

Oct 20

Gardening update: October-November is prime time to plant home gardens

Posted on October 20, 2020 at 10:21 AM by Diane Carmony

Usually, the stretch from about Sept. 15-Oct. 15 is prime home garden planting time. Not this year.

“We need to move the planting dates to Oct. 15 to Nov. 15,” said Don Ackley, CVWD Water Management Supervisor, who attributes “the change to this summer’s temperature extremes.”  

Forecasts call for daytime temperatures to remain in the three-digit range until about Oct. 15. By then nurseries will be loaded with fresh plants in containers, flats and pots. New plants can develop roots when the soil is warm before cooler air temps in late fall and winter slow plant growth.

With the predicted late start for a cool season, Ackely recommends keeping a close eye on new plants’ water needs.

“Under these conditions, you really need to pour the water on, both for the plant’s physiological needs and the plant’s immediate surrounding environment.”

As the nights get cooler, probably around early November, plants will need less water and settle into a regular watering schedule.

What to plant

 Add locally native plants to your garden. You support the pollinators and other wildlife that depend on them for survival.

Here are two strong sources to find native or desert-friendly plants 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. Find the 160-page book at for $10 with free shipping. Or, look at a PDF of the book by going to and clicking on Conservation.

At all you have to do is enter your address to see 510 plants and photos divided into 20 categories.

Vegetable gardeners

For fresh veggies to enjoy this winter, jump on planting seedlings of  lettuce,  beets, carrots, spinach, broccoli and peas in a cool week. More choices --- lentils, cilantro, garlic, cabbage, turnips and swiss chard

Oct 06

CVWD showcases essential role of water agency staff

Posted on October 6, 2020 at 4:35 PM by Diane Carmony

As part of California’s fourth annual Water Professionals Appreciation Week, Oct. 3-11, Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) is proud the highlight the important role our essential workers play in making sure our communities have safe and reliable water.  

Now more than ever, we appreciate the dedication of our highly trained scientists, operators, technicians and other specialists who work at CVWD.

With a service area of 1,000 square miles ranging from the San Gorgonio Pass to the Salton Sea, CVWD meets the water related needs of more than 109,000 homes and businesses.

Our multi-faceted operation incorporates an impressive seven fields of service:

*Agricultural irrigation and drainage

*Domestic (drinking) water

* Groundwater replenishment and imported water

* Recycled water

* Stormwater protection and flood control

* Wastewater treatment

* Water conservation

CVWD also recognizes the vitality of the water industry. Recent labor studies estimate that 60,000 people work in California’s water industry and it needs roughly 6,000 new employees each year due to turnover.

The water industry offers a wide variety of rewarding career opportunities in hydrology and hydrogeology, engineering, biology, finance, business administration, law, communications and many more positions in high-demand occupations.

More information about CVWD and the important role our essential workers provide to the community is available at

Oct 06

Construction roundup: projects continue

Posted on October 6, 2020 at 4:34 PM by Diane Carmony

The contractor is beginning work on the Westside Elementary School project, and communication is ongoing with residents in the area. A virtual groundbreaking is planned for Westside School with details to be announced soon. 

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