Water quality is at risk.

Every year, septic systems discharge nearly 287 million gallons of wastewater into our local groundwater supply. This poses a direct threat to the quality of the water our families drink every day.

Decades of septic discharge have left a legacy of high nitrates in many wells. The result: lower water quality, limited storage capacity in the groundwater basin, and degraded water supply reliability.

Recognizing the problem, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, the State agency responsible for protecting California’s water resources, has passed a resolution prohibiting the discharge of septic systems in parts of Yucca Valley beginning May 19, 2016. (To see a phase map, click here.)

As a steward of local water resources, HDWD has taken on the role of planning and constructing a wastewater collection system and centralized treatment facility that will satisfy all State requirements and protect our groundwater today and in the future.