Water Supply Projects

Groundwater Recharge

Recognizing that our local supply of water is being reduced every year, JBWD will begin storing water from the Northern California snow-pack in our basins for future use.

Voters approved a tax in 1990 for the Morongo Pipeline to bring water to Joshua Tree. This recharge project will complete the Morongo Pipeline. The water will be transported to recharge pools where it will percolate and be filtered naturally into the groundwater basins to be stored for future use. This project has been in the planning stages for the past three years. The recent statewide drought and reliability crisis confirm the District’s concerns that this water may not always be available to JBWD.

The balance of funds for this project has been realized through grants received from the California Department of Public Health, the Mojave Water Agency, the California Department of Water Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency. The completion of the project (first water flow) is anticipated in spring of 2014.

To review the Environmental Impact Report for this project, click here:

Draft (main) Recharge EIR Report

EIR (FINAL /Addendum) Recharge Report

JBWD Board Members and Mojave Water Agency representatives join shovels in the ground-breaking ceremony for the Joshua Basin Water District’s Recharge Project on December 12th, 2012.

JBWD Board Members and Mojave Water Agency representatives join shovels in the ground-breaking ceremony for the Joshua Basin Water District’s Recharge Project on December 12th, 2012.

The first of four miles of pipe prepare to leave for installation for the Recharge Project on February 1st, 2013.

The first of four miles of pipe prepare to leave for installation for the Recharge Project on February 1st, 2013.

 Preparing to trench for pipe installation on the first street:  Verbena.

Preparing to trench for pipe installation on the first street: Verbena.

The first pipe goes in the ground on Verbena, which is the “end of the line” connecting with our water recharge pond site during the first week of February, 2013.

The first pipe goes in the ground on Verbena, which is the “end of the line” connecting with our water recharge pond site during the first week of February, 2013.