Your Water is Our Promise: The CVWD Blog

Sep 28

October in your desert garden

Posted on September 28, 2023 at 2:32 PM by Jesse Ruiz

Broccoli gardenFall temperatures launch the desert’s top planting season for trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs and some vegetables.

Here are vegetables you can plant in October, with their harvesting periods.

January to March: Broccoli, Cilantro, Lentil, Kale
January to April: Beets, Cabbage, Turnip, Parsley, Peas
February to April: Head Lettuce, Parsnip, Rutabaga


CVWD encourages homeowners to skip overseeding and let their grass go dormant for the winter. You can save money and water.

Bermuda grass that is not overseeded will go dormant from January through March, requiring only weekly watering. The grass will return with the warm temperatures of spring.

If you do overseed, CVWD offers guidelines for how to do so without wasting water at


The UCCE Master Gardeners of Riverside County will talk about planting and caring for fall plants from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 at the La Quinta Public Library.

Plus, a giveaway of fall appropriate plants will follow from 3 to 4 p.m., while supplies last.

The event is for those ages 18+. The library is at 78-275 Calle Tampico, La Quinta. 760.564.4767,

Have a question?

Ask the UC Master Gardener of Riverside County Helpline. Volunteer Master Gardeners run the free service year-round. Email your questions to

For more help

“Lush and Efficient: Desert-Friendly Landscaping in the Coachella Valley” lists more than 300 plants and more than 800 photos. You can search by several dozen categories. Pick up a free copy at CVWD customer service offices, 75525 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert, or 50501 Tyler St., Coachella. You can find a PDF of the book here:

Sep 27

CVWD Board approves plans for stormwater projects

Posted on September 27, 2023 at 2:54 PM by Jesse Ruiz

SRAB Board RoomCVWD Board of Directors authorized agreements Sept. 26 that will advance two stormwater projects that will protect portions of Cathedral City, Palm Desert and Thousand Palms. 

In some areas, the completed projects will remove FEMA required flood insurance for property owners.

Design plans for the North Cathedral City Regional Stormwater Project are 90 % complete but need small modifications. The project includes design and construction of concrete slope protection, embankment improvements, and bridge undercrossing modifications to collect and convey flows from the Morongo Watershed between Interstate 10 and the Union Pacific Railroad to the Whitewater River Stormwater Channel.

The board approved $205,382 for additional engineering design for the project by Michael Baker International.  

The Thousand Palms Flood Control Project will include levees and channels to collect stormwater flows from Indio Hills and Little San Bernardino Mountains alluvial fans and convey them to existing stormwater channels in Sun City Palm Desert. 

It will protect over 2,800 acres of land, and over 9,500 residents and businesses from flooding and preserve wind-blown sands for the Coachella Valley Fringe-toed Lizard Preserve.

The board approved $624,841 for upgrading and finalizing construction plans for the three-phase, multi-year project by WSP USA.  The construction cost for the project is estimated to be more than $100 Million.

The board also:

  • Authorized no more than $400,000 for Northern Digital consulting services on the Potable Telemetry Upgrade Project, Phase II. 
  • Adopted a resolution to prioritize providing water and sewer connections to affordable housing projects.
  • Recognized staff retirements: Ernesto Lagpacan, Crew Chief, Domestic 23 years and Maureen Perry, Education Specialist, 16 years
  • Recognized staff anniversaries: Christine Bogan, Supervisor, Right of Way, 20 years; Patricia Foulon, Administrative Assistant I, 20 years; and Salvador Montalvo, Automotive Technician II, 25 years 
Sep 14

CVWD to introduce new wellness program

Posted on September 14, 2023 at 11:58 AM by Andrea Shek

CVWD will offer employees a new wellness program in 2024. Humana has announced it will discontinue the district’s current plan, go365, on Dec. 31, 2023. 

The new three-year plan authorized Sept. 12 by the Board of Directors is called Virgin Pulse. It will start on Jan. 1, 2024. The wellness program supports the health and well-being of employees through an incentive program that empowers individuals to take charge of their health.

Virgin Pulse will require employees to regularly participate in healthy activities to earn a maximum of $200 of Virgin Pulse Cash per quarter for a maximum $800 per year.  Virgin Pulse Cash can be redeemed at an online store to buy products, gift cards or donate to charities.

The $400,000 agreement covers costs for administration, biometrics screenings, and rewards. 

The Board also: 

  • Contracted with Mamco, Inc. to perform emergency repairs to the Coachella Canal needed due to damages caused by the Sept. 1 storm. Excessive rain and flooding removed two sections of concrete lining the canal near Milepost 48. Cost is $376,200. 
  • Decided to solicit bids for an $18.9 million multi-year project to replace the aeration system at WRP 7. The system was built in 1995 and has become unreliable. The new equipment will shave 50% off the system’s electricity cost. Plans include constructing a building to house the new equipment, staff and a SCADA control room.
  • Decided to solicit bids for two one-million-gallon reservoirs northeast of Dillon Road in the Indio Hills.  The multi-year project is estimated to cost about $4.5 million. It will replace two smaller deteriorating reservoirs at the site.