Description of Nature, Purpose and Beneficiaries of Project: Imported water is used to replenish groundwater in the Whitewater River and Mission Creek Subbasins that underlie the Coachella Valley. The Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) has implemented three Replenishment Assessment Charge (RAC) programs to help manage the groundwater in these subbasins. Groundwater replenishment assessment charges are assessed to all groundwater producers using more than 25 acre-feet of water during any year. The funds collected are utilized to pay specific costs and charges for importing water and recharging the groundwater basins.
The 2021/2022 Engineer’s Report on Water Supply and Replenishment Assessment provides the condition of the groundwater supplies, the need for replenishment, recommendations for replenishment programs, and the replenishment assessment charge for each of the three areas of benefit managed by CVWD within the Coachella Valley in Riverside County. This report was presented to CVWD's Board of Directors in accordance with Chapter 7, Sections 31630 through 31639 of the State Water Code.
On June 2, 2021, CVWD's Board of Directors approved changing the East and West Whitewater River Subbasin RAC fee for fiscal year 2021 and approved a maximum proposed rate increase for the remaining fiscal years through 2026. No increase was proposed to the Mission Creek Subbasin RAC for the cost of service study period.