CVWD Concludes Year of Celebration by Coachella Valley Water District Jan 9, 2019 Member Submitted News The Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) recently concluded a year of special events marking the 100th anniversary of the district. The celebratory year was capped off with a public party in November at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, a popular venue that had just opened up a new park entrance and garden where the party was held. The event featured informational booths about the district and about the agricultural and golf industries of the Coachella Valley. Food catered by The Living Desert included fruit, vegetables and appetizers, reflecting locally grown produce, and colorful birthday mini-cupcakes. One highlight at the party was the unveiling of a miniature water tower with a CVWD logo that had been created for the event. The water tower, a symbol of the importance of CVWD to the Coachella Valley, now stands in The Living Desert’s large, much-visited model train exhibit. The success of the party was evident in the numbers. Hundreds of visitors attended, 1,000 reusable water bottles and other prizes were given away, and more than 4,000 social media impressions were created about the event. One comment from an attendee praised the public party as “the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time.” The attendee continued in her message to CVWD, “My family had such a great time and we wanted to thank you for all that you did that day! Happy Anniversary!!!” Other anniversary-related events throughout the year included: The unveiling of a special anniversary logo during a board meeting on Jan. 9 2018, exactly 100 years from the exact day the election was held to form the district in 1918. Publication of a historical book about the district called The Story of the Coachella Valley Water District: Making Every Drop Count Since 1918. The book focuses on the foundation of CVWD and how the district has evolved to support growth of the Coachella Valley through steadfast water service, water management and reliable water sources. The book costs $15 but a free PDF version can be downloaded from CVWD’s website. Publication of a free historical calendar celebrating CVWD’s 100th Proclamations of congratulations throughout the year to the CVWD Board of Directors from dignitaries throughout the region. Posts on CVWD’s social media throughout the year about the anniversary, including posts on events and “throw-back” posts using historic photos. An anniversary lecture, “The Story of CVWD,” that illustrated how CVWD supported the growth of the Coachella Valley since 1918 by securing water resources and through diligent water management efforts. The Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of directors. The district provides domestic and irrigation water, agricultural drainage, wastewater treatment and reclamation services, regional storm water protection, groundwater management and water conservation. It serves approximately 108,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, located primarily in Riverside County, but also in portions of Imperial and San Diego counties. For more information about CVWD, visit www.cvwd.org.