LIHEAP applicants must be income qualified or a current recipient of Calworks, CalFresh, or LIHEAP. A bill must be past due, and the water or wastewater system must be enrolled in the program to receive payment. Qualified applicants are “selected on a first come first served basis, with priority given to those with the highest utility costs in relation to income, and vulnerable populations, including elderly, disabled, and small children.” Residents can also apply directly for LIHEAP at https://www.csd.ca.gov/lihwap or https://www.capsbc.org/lihwap.
Where Our Water Comes From And How It Is Managed
Our high desert water comes from groundwater, basins, and watersheds that are managed by the Mojave Water Agency.
According to the MWA, essentially all the water supply to businesses and homes, and farms throughout the high desert is from groundwater. Production wells exist through the region, owned by a multitude of water users, with some wells pumping millions of gallons every day.
According to a recent US Department of the Interior Geological Survey and the MWA, access to water is primarily from the Morongo groundwater basin, which is about 1,000 square miles. Of that, JBWD services about 5,700 connections within its 97 square miles of managed coverage, according to a MWA 2020 Urban Water Management Plan.
Over the last 25 years, groundwater levels in Joshua Tree have declined from about 2,275 feet to currently 2,250 feet (about 50 feet of loss) from a given approximate land surface. In the Landers area, the ground water elevation level has decreased approximately 10 feet in the last 20 years, from 2,860 feet to its current 2,850 feet.
Groundwater within the Morongo Basin and Johnson Valley Area also supplies the local towns of Yucca Valley and surrounding areas, known as the Warren Valley Basin, and is serviced by the Hi Desert Water District (HDWD) to its area customers. In the same greater basin area, the Ames Valley Basin includes 95 square miles encompassing the communities of Flamingo Heights, Landers, Pioneertown, and Yucca Mesa, and is serviced by the Big Horn Desert View Water Agency (BDVWA).
All these water districts provide the public with information on the services and various studies and reports on water delivery and quality maintenance: