Coachella Valley Water District Control RoomCoachella Valley Water District (CVWD) is a government agency formed in 1918 by the registered voters within the district. The district is led by a five-member elected board of directors. CVWD is responsible for: the importation and distribution of domestic water; wastewater collection and reclamation; regional stormwater and flood protection; importation and distribution of irrigation water; irrigation drainage collection; groundwater management; and water conservation. CVWD's service area covers approximately 1,000 square miles mostly within the Coachella Valley in Riverside County, California. The boundaries also extend into small portions of Imperial and San Diego counties. The Coachella Valley is a fascinating place in which to live, work and play because what once was a barren wasteland has been transformed into a vibrant collection of diverse communities with thriving agricultural and recreation/hospitality industries.
This tour will visit the control room of the CVWD. The control room is where the district controls and monitors the operations of the districts facilities, helping the district deliver irrigation and domestic (drinking) water, collect and recycle wastewater, provide regional stormwater protection and - perhaps more importantly now than ever before - promote water conservation. In this room, operators use a SCADA system to monitor operations, including flow along the 123-mile Coachella Canal, reservoir levels, and well operations to deliver domestic water to more than 102,000 customers and service nearly 60,000 acres of farmland.