CV Water Counts, a collaborative of the valley’s six water agencies, is now accepting applications for the second class of the Water Counts Academy.

“The Water Counts Academy is designed for future and emerging leaders in the Coachella Valley who want to learn about projects and programs related to water,” notes John Soulliere, spokesperson for CV Water Counts, and Mission Springs Water District’s Conservation and Public Affairs Officer. “Our inaugural class in 2017 was well received, and we are excited to offer this comprehensive course in 2018 that will cover the history, use and management of water here in the Coachella Valley,” adds Soulliere.

The class will consist of four weekday sessions, held on Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, and one final full-day session on Saturday, March 3, which will include a session, tour and graduation ceremony.

The sessions will cover a variety of topics. Session One will include: Introductions, Local Water Overview, Water Conservation. Session Two will address Groundwater and Imported Water. Session Three will deal with Water Quality, Recycled Water and Wastewater. Session Four topics will be Agriculture, and the Economics of Water. The Fifth and final Session, a full day tour, will include: Whitewater Hydro, Percolation Ponds, Turf Conversion, Well Site, Reservoir, Treatment Facility, Farm, Lab, and Recycled Water.

The 2018 Water Counts Academy is limited to 30 students. Applications are being accepted from now until January 25 for the February 2018 class. There is no tuition/fee, and food and refreshments will be provided during the class periods.

Get more information and register here.