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Desert Water Agency announced today that the Agency
received 440 turf buy back program applications during the month-long
application period, which concluded October 1. Since the program’s kickoff, the
Agency received 317 applications for residential projects and 123 applications
for non-residential projects. The response demonstrates that the Palm Springs
community is ready and willing to ditch its grass to save water.
DWA is proud to announce that the Agency will relaunch its popular turf buy back program on September 1 and will accept applications through October 1, 2015. The Agency will invest $1 million into the 2015 2016 turf buy back program, which aims to reduce water use by offering rebates to customers who replace grass with beautiful desert landscape. DWA anticipates a high volume of applications based on the success of last year’s program.

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For information regarding emergency drought restrictions, click here.

Watering is ONLY allowed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays before 7:00 a.m. and after 7:00 p.m. 


Stop by our office (Mon-Fri, 8-5) to get a yard sign to show your neighbors that your yard is water friendly.


To learn more about overseeding during the drought, click the icon below.


 Learn more about Turf Buy Back.

Please note: Applications are not currently being accepted.


Learn more about Smart Irrigation Controllers today.


For more conservation information check out this publication about water awareness.

Not sure who your water agency is or what conservation programs are available to you?  Visit to learn more!


Information regarding Agua Caliente Lawsuit

Information regarding Department of Interior Regulation

To our valued customers

Thank you for visiting Desert Water Agency’s website where you will find useful information on your service and your local water supply.

Desert Water Agency is the water utility for the Palm Springs area including outlying county areas, Desert Hot Springs, part of Cathedral City and Palm Springs.

It is our responsibility to provide a safe, reliable water supply to the area we serve while protecting our interests in the State Water Project.

Water has been garnering great attention lately due to a statewide drought, legislative action and the media.  We, at DWA, hope that this attention will highlight the importance of our water supplies and water infrastructure.

At DWA, we hope to encourage conservation by example. We promote native landscaping through various demonstration gardens in our service area.  We have been recycling water since 1988 for irrigation use—saving us millions of gallons of potable groundwater each year.  We also have a football-field sized solar field where we help generate energy to offset our use.  You can learn more about each of these things by clicking on “Conservation.”

The board and staff of DWA take pride in providing our customers high quality water.  Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and learn more about us so we may better serve you.

David K. Luker
General Manager
Desert Water Agency