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Indio Council approves regional groundwater management plan

The Indio City Council/Indio Water Authority Board adopted the 2022 Indio Subbasin Water Management Plan Update (“Plan Update”) at its Dec. 15, 2021 meeting. The document outlines how water agencies in the Coachella Valley plan to meet current and future water demands through Year 2045, sustainably manage groundwater, protect water quality and manage future costs. The Plan Update for the Indio Subbasin was a collaborative effort with other water agencies which includes Coachella Valley Water District, Desert Water Agency, and City of Coachella/Coachella Water Authority, that help manage the basin.

The Plan Update is to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), the 2014 legislation designed to halt overdraft and bring groundwater basis into balanced levels of pumping and recharge. Plan Updates are submitted to the State every five years, with this Plan Update due to the State by January 1, 2022.

Groundwater management programs, including conservation, have replenished 4 million acre-feet of imported water into the Coachella Valley groundwater basin. Over the past 10 years, groundwater levels have increased or stabilized over most of the Indio Subbasin, and overdraft has been eliminated, a sign that the programs are working. The Plan Update builds on decades of work to sustainably manage the basin within the Coachella Valley. You can view the 2022 Indio Subbasin Water Management Plan Update on this website http://www.indiosubbasinsgma.org/alternative-plan-update.

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