Formed in 1953, Mission Springs Water District (MSWD) is a county water district and special district with one simple mission – to provide, protect and preserve our most valuable resource: water. MSWD also provides wastewater (sewer) services.
MSWD services Desert Hot Springs proper, parts of North Palm Springs and unincorporated Riverside County areas. Mission Springs Water District is comprised of more than 1.25 million feet of pipelines, 13 water wells and 24 reservoirs serving as area of 135 square miles with a team of over 50 employees.
MSWD is dedicated to ensuring our wastewater system is properly maintained and upgraded to keep pace with current and future needs. To support this goal, MSWD is collaborating with local agencies on the Regional Water Reclamation Program (RWRP).
The program will enhance wastewater collection and treatment capacity to meet demand as our region continues to grow. At the same time, it will improve local groundwater quality and protect the drinking water supply by making sure untreated wastewater doesn’t seep into and contaminate groundwater. The RWRP will connect properties that are currently on a septic system to the sewer system, in an effort to meet state water management and land use objectives and better support disadvantaged communities.
The program includes:
• Building a new Regional Water Reclamation Facility (RWRF) capable of treating 1.5 million gallons per day and will allow recycled water production in the future
• Constructing the conveyance system to transport wastewater to the facility
• Modifying the Dos Palmas Lift Station
• Installing more than 17,000 feet of sewer collection pipes and laterals to connect 687 properties
• Converting 406 septic tanks to sewer, with wastewater flowing to the RWRF
Total program costs are anticipated to be $49.1 million. To keep costs manageable, MSWD is securing $16.0 million in grants, $5.3 million from Assessment District 15 funding, and a $27.8 million low-interest loan. Loan funds would come from the State Water Resources Control Board’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which offers low-cost financing for a variety of water quality projects throughout the state.