JBWD was formed as a public agency in 1963 when the District purchased and combined several small existing water systems. Today, the District serves more than 5,500 connections in a 96-square mile service area.
Since formation, we have remained dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality drinking water. Situated above the Copper Mountain and Joshua Tree groundwater basins, the District’s sole water source is groundwater that has accumulated over the past 32,000 years.
The District manages two groundwater basins. The water level in these basins has been lowered by 35 feet in the past 45 years due to pumping.
In order to safely deliver nearly 600 million gallons of high quality water to customers each year from the groundwater basins, the water must travel through an extensive system consisting of the following:
- Approximately 270 miles of pipelines
- 5 groundwater wells
- 17 reservoirs
- 11 booster pump stations
- Over 5,500 connections
- 1,300 fire hydrants