Water Department Overview
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians Water Department under the direction the of Reservation Services Administrator’s office has the responsibility to provide a safe, reliable, and potable water supply to the reservation residents and commercial Enterprises. This department also maintains, operates, and provides non-potable water to residents where it is available including the canyon irrigation systems. The Tribe under the direction of the US Environmental Protection Agency conforms to the Safe Drinking Water Act and all regulatory rules. A water conservation plan was developed to help maintain and assure that our most precious natural resource is protected. Also our department oversees the operations staff at the Tribal Wastewater reclamation facility and the domestic water system located at Tukwet Canyon Golf.
The Morongo Water Department is one of many departments serving the reservation area and Enterprise facilities. Currently the department has 5 full time water system operators, 1 field supervisor, and the department manager. The water system is controlled utilizing the most advanced SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) allowing operators to view and operate the system from any location.
Our water supply consists of groundwater production wells utilizing high efficient pumps and motors and exercising efficient pumping rates to off-set high peak demand time periods. The Tribal water infrastructure consists of over 30 miles of potable water mains, pressure reducing stations, and storage reservoirs.
Water Conservation & Resources
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians recognizes the need for water conservation. This vital natural resource is the key to our future and has become an integral planning and operational component. The Water and Environmental department has initiated an aggressive water conservation plan in 2007/08 to promote and educate the need to conserve. Normal daily usage (60-70%) occurs outside the home with only a fraction of usage occurring inside. As part of our plan we recommend California native plants (www.cnps.org), drip irrigation, and smart timers. All new construction must conform to these standards. For additional information, please visit these web sites: www.bewaterwise.com and www.waterconserve.info.
The Water Department has a primary responsibility to assure that the water that arrives at your tap meets or exceeds current water quality standards set forth be the Environmental Protection Agency. We sample over 100 constituents each year utilizing a State of California Certified Laboratory located in Riverside, CA.
Specifications & Standards
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians Water Department updated its construction specifications and standards for the construction of water facilities and conveyance systems in 2010. For a copy of the revised specifications and standards, click here.