Nearly all the water supplied to businesses, homes, and farms throughout the High Desert is pumped from groundwater. Production wells exist throughout the region, owned by a multitude of water users from homeowners with domestic wells to large water districts, with some wells pumping millions of gallons every day.
The Mojave River is the primary source of "recharge" to groundwater. On average, about 54,000 acre-
The State Water Project
Although the area receives substantial natural inflows of water, the High Desert region has been in overdraft for decades—that is, more water is pumped from groundwater basins than what goes in. To make up the difference, MWA delivers water from the State Water Project (SWP) to groundwater recharge sites throughout the region to supplement natural water supplies. MWA’s currently has access to an average of 50,000 acre-
A Watershed Approach -