Construction is underway on a $5.9 million Irrigation Distribution Improvement Project in Riverside County’s La Quinta. Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) recently began the project to replace aging irrigation infrastructure and continue the District’s effort to ensure a sustainable groundwater supply. The La Quinta Irrigation Distribution Improvement Project will increase delivery capacity allowing golf courses and other local landscaped areas the ability to utilize Colorado River water for 80 percent or more of their total irrigation needs.
“This forward-thinking project will conserve groundwater,” said Jim Barrett, general manager of CVWD. “Every gallon of Colorado River water used for irrigation of a golf course, or other landscaped area, is a gallon that remains in the aquifer increasing the health of the groundwater basin and improves sustainability which is a primary and highly important aspect of CVWD’s Water Management Plan.”
The project will involve installing 22,000 feet of irrigation pipeline along five major La Quinta streets and result in the abandonment of 17,300 feet of aging pipeline. Colorado River water will continue to be delivered via a new and reliable pipeline to golf courses, cities and other users. The La Quinta Civic Center Park will be added as a new user of Colorado River water for irrigation thereby helping to preserve local groundwater.
CVWD will continue to provide uninterrupted service to its existing irrigation customers with the exception of one, three-day period when new pipeline is connected to the existing system. Impacted irrigation customers will be provided advance notice of the transfer connection interruption so they can plan accordingly.
In addition to supplying domestic and irrigation water, CVWD also provides agricultural drainage, wastewater treatment and reclamation services, regional storm water protection, groundwater management and water conservation. The district serves approximately 108,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, located in Riverside County, but also serving portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.