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Five facts about Coachella Valley water use: By the numbers

September 6th, 2013 | by Ian James | Comments
A field is irrigated in Coachella in May. (Jay Calderon, The Desert Sun)

A field is irrigated in Coachella in May. (Jay Calderon, The Desert Sun)

 

346

Number of Coachella Valley wells The Desert Sun analyzed for an iSun investigation coming Sunday at mydesert.com/aquifer.

100 feet

Some wells in Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage have dropped approximately this much since the 1950s.

2.6 million

The amount of Olympic swimming pools that could be filled with the overdraft of the desert since the 1970s.

13.5 percent

The portion of the aquifer’s capacity, as estimated by the state Department of Water Resources, that since the 1970s has been pumped out and not replaced.

1/3

Fraction of their full allocation that Southern California water agencies have received from the State Water Project this year.


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