Notes from the General Manager

“What a Long, Strange Trip it’s Been”

Posted on Dec 20th, 2022

By Don Zdeba These lyrics from the Grateful Dead’s song “Truckin’” seem appropriate to summarize my 45-year career as I prepare to embark…

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“The Cost of Water Explained”

Posted on Sep 6th, 2022

By Don Zdeba If you are a customer of the Indian Wells Valley Water District (“District”) you no doubt have seen an increase in your bill over…

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“It’s Time to Get Serious”

Posted on Jun 9th, 2022

By Don Zdeba On March 28th, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-7-22 in response to a third consecutive year of drought conditions. The…

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“From Record Snow to Extended Drought: Impact on Groundwater”

Posted on Mar 11th, 2022

By Don Zdeba The week of March 6-12 was National Groundwater Awareness Week, an annual observance established in 1999 to highlight the responsible…

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“Legislation and Litigation”

Posted on Dec 22nd, 2021

By Don Zdeba If I were to sum up 2021 with respect to the world of California water it would be two words, legislation and litigation. If the…

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“Searching for Solutions”

Posted on Oct 13th, 2021

By Don Zdeba Accomplishing the objectives of the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) presents significant and sometimes unique…

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“It’s Complicated”

Posted on Jun 21st, 2021

By Don Zdeba Much like the title of the 2009 film starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin, the groundwater situation in the Indian…

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“Achieving Water Sustainability Comes at a Cost”

Posted on Mar 18th, 2021

By Don Zdeba By now you will have received the initial bill from the Water District (“District”) that includes a line entitled “GA Fees”. …

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“2020 – A Year Like No Other”

Posted on Dec 8th, 2020

By Don Zdeba The subject of my columns has always focused on water-related issues. However, as I began to write this, the Governor announced a…

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“Impact of IWVGA Fees on District Customers”

Posted on Sep 8th, 2020

By Don Zdeba The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority (“Authority”) has taken actions recently with regards to fees that will affect…

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