Desert Water Agency is the water utility for the Palm Springs area. It provides service to outlying county areas, Desert Hot Springs, part of Cathedral City and most of Palm Springs.
The agency was formed in 1961 to import water from the State Water Project to create a reliable local water supply. DWA is a public agency of the State of California.
In 1968 the agency entered the retail water business by purchasing the Cathedral City and Palm Springs water companies.
The majority of our water comes from our underground aquifers. The Agency has wells around the service area that pump water from the groundwater basin into our system. DWA replenishes the underground aquifers, in cooperation with Coachella Valley Water District, with water imported from the Colorado River, which comes to the valley via exchange with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California through the Colorado River Aqueduct.
DWA also gets water from mountain streams: Chino Creek, Snow Creek and Falls Creek.
Today, the agency serves an area of 325 square miles including outlying county areas, Desert Hot Springs, part of Cathedral City and most of Palm Springs. In addition to supplying domestic water to our customers, DWA also supplies sewer service to customers living within certain areas of Cathedral City.
General Manager — Mark Krause
Asst. General Manager — Steve Johnson
Finance Director — Martin Krieger
General Counsel — Best, Best & Krieger