Manager's Message is a rotating monthly column from some of the hardworking leaders at the City who strive to put Indio center stage for residents, our business community and visitors.
Dear Indio residents,
My name is Reymundo Trejo, and I am excited to be given the opportunity by the City Council and City Manager to serve as the new Indio Water Authority (IWA) General Manager. I originally joined the City of Indio as the Assistant General Manager in January 2020 and look forward to continuing my journey with this team of talented professionals, where I will apply more than 25 years of water industry experience to ensure a safe and sustainable water resource portfolio to support the growth of the City.
In addition to leading IWA, I will continue serving as the City’s representative on the Imperial Irrigation District’s Energy Consumers Advisory Committee (ECAC), addressing the growing power-energy requirements of the Coachella Valley. I also serve on the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for the East Valley Reclamation Authority (EVRA), exploring the implementation of recycled water program as a long-term water supply resource for the City of Indio.
A lot of financial and project planning goes into bringing safe and reliable water from the water source to your tap. This includes a comprehensive capital improvement program to not only maintain infrastructure but also expanding the system to support demand. For instance, we have a water pipeline project scheduled to break ground in late January along Miles Avenue, from Monticello Avenue to Sedona Drive, where 3,700 linear feet of pipeline will be installed to increase water pressure and provide additional fire flow capacity to the western part of the City’s water service area. You can find the latest project information at www.indio.org/milespipeline.
Last month, the City Council/IWA Board adopted the 2022 Indio Subbasin Water Management Plan Update. The groundwater management programs, including conservation, have replenished 4 million acre-feet of imported water into the Coachella Valley groundwater basin. Over the past 10 years, groundwater levels have increased or stabilized over most of the Indio Subbasin, and overdraft has been eliminated, a sign that the programs are working. This kind of progress is made possible through regional coordination and planning. Be sure to read the article in the January edition of Indio Live for more details.
Not only does conservation play a role with sustainable groundwater management, but using water wisely is the new norm. The Governor’s drought declaration and call for 15% voluntary conservation is a reminder that water is a limited resource. Repeated actions such as timely repair of leaks, turning off the water when brushing, and reducing runoff from outdoor watering do make a difference. You can find conservation tips and IWA rebates for turf removal, irrigation and indoor appliances by visiting www.indiowater.org. IWA is also part of a regional conservation group, CV Water Counts, and we are currently accepting applications (no charge) through January 21 for anyone who is interested in learning about all things water at the 2022 Water Counts Academy. Visit www.cvwatercounts.com/academy for more information.
My goal is to share meaningful information about the City’s water utility on a regular basis. And I look forward to serving this community.
Reymundo Trejo, P.E., General Manager