Solar, Hydro-Electric Power & Groundwater Replenishment Sustainability Tour
Wednesday, October 24 at 8 AM
Join this tour and see Desert sustainability in action. The group will travel west to Desert Water Agency (DWA) and gain an understanding of how solar power is helping reduce commercial energy demand and lower power costs. From there, the tour heads to the Metropolitan Water District’s Whitewater River turnout where you’ll see two sustainable facilities – DWA’s hydro-electric power generation station and fast-flowing water being diverted into the Whitewater River where it joins natural snow melt and flows above-ground to 19 replenishment ponds located between the windmills, covering approximately 700 acres of replenishment ponds at Windy Point. These ponds, owned and operated by CVWD, are capable of percolating approximately 1,400 acre-feet daily. See how this water can be routed to various points of entry to the replenishment ponds and how storm flows can be diverted around the ponds to prevent serious damage to equipment and the pond structures.