Facilities & Systems Information
The Twentynine Palms Water District provides service to about 18,000 people. The 87-square-mile District is made up mostly of single-family homes, with some apartment complexes, commercial properties and light industry. Because there is no sewer system, wastewater is disposed of through septic tank systems.
The District maintains approximately 8,000 meter services within its boundaries, most of them residential. Commercial connections make up about 5 percent of the total service connections, landscape irrigation and non-potable connections account for less than 1 percent, and fire protection connections account for the remaining 1.5 percent.
Water is distributed through 200 miles of pipelines, which are maintained by the District.
Groundwater provides all of TWPD’s supply. It is pumped through 10 wells located mostly along the southern edge of the service area.
Water is pumped through eight booster stations strategically located throughout the District to lift water up and over hills for distribution.
WATER STORAGE RESERVOIRS
The District maintains 10 water storage reservoirs with a total 17-million-gallon storage capacity.
FLUORIDE REMOVAL WATER TREATMENT PLAN
In 1998, the District secured $1.7 million in grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help build a treatment plant to remove fluoride, a mineral that occurs naturally in groundwater. The plant came on-line in March 2003, enabling the District to tap additional supplies from the Mesquite Springs aquifer.
Beginning in late 2005, the District was awarded $1.8 million in Environmental Protection Agency grant funds for construction of a 1- million-gallon drinking water reservoir south of Sullivan Road (in Section 35) and a 2-million-gallon reservoir south of Samarkand Drive (in Section 24). Other improvements include three booster pump stations for the reservoirs and about 43,000 feet of 12-inch-diameter pipeline along existing right of ways.
The smaller of the two reservoirs will provide water storage in an area that has none. Both reservoirs and the associated pipelines will enhance system reliability and fire flows in those areas. The additional water source to the Lear area will improve dependability for a large portion of the District. The combination of these improvements will give the District the ability to accept and deliver water from the recently completed fluoride removal plant and ensure adequate water supplies well into the future.