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Meeting of the Board of Directors
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To protect its customers and local economy, Desert Water Agency (DWA) yesterday filed a petition with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals seeking review of a recent federal court ruling that found the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (Tribe) has a reserved right to the region’s groundwater – the water that is used to supply drinking water to all Coachella Valley residents. This ruling could hand over virtually exclusive use of the public’s water supply to the Tribe, which is attempting to take ownership of the water and prevent the water agencies in the valley from delivering water to their customers.
A federal court ruled today that the lawsuit filed by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians against DWA and Coachella Valley Water District must proceed to trial in order to determine if the Tribe has a reserved right to groundwater. The Tribe is attempting to take ownership of the public’s source of drinking water and prevent the agencies from delivering water to their customers. The court did rule, however, that the Tribe does not have an aboriginal right to the groundwater in the Coachella Valley.

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 Desert Water Agency's Board of Directors passed a resolution committing to sustainable management of the groundwater resources within its jurisdiction and calling on all customers to achieve additional reductions in water conservation.  Read the resolution here.

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Information regarding Agua Caliente Lawsuit

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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