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Mission Statement

The mission of the Valley Sanitary District is to collect, treat, and reuse wastewater in a safe and cost effective manner as prescribed by state and federal law. The District is dedicated to: maintaining a high standard of operations and maintenance; forward thinking in planning for facility and operational needs, and achieving maximum cost efficiency and effectiveness. The District board and staff are dedicated to having the District be a positive asset to the community. 

Current News

Press Release - Requa Sewer Project - Construction at Jackson Street / Requa Avenue

Work from December 5 to 13, 2016 will Cause Traffic Disruptions and Lane Closures

INDIO, CA (December 2, 2016) – The Valley Sanitary District has released a schedule to perform sewer main construction work through the intersection of Requa Avenue and Jackson Street from Monday, December 5, 2016 and to Tuesday, December 13, 2016.  Construction work will be at night from 7:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., however, traffic control will be in place 24 hours a day. During this time, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.  Access to businesses and residents will be maintained but residents and motorists are urged to use alternate routes since delays of up to 15 minutes and longer may be encountered. Access for emergency vehicles will be unaffected. This work is highly weather dependent and the schedule may need to be shifted if inclement weather occurs.

The construction schedule is as follows (all construction work will be at night from 7:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted):

Monday, December 5:

On Requa Ave. from Marshall St. to Jackson St.

Tuesday, December 6:

On Requa Ave. from east side of Jackson St. to the centerline of Jackson St.

Wednesday, December 7:

On Requa Ave. from centerline of Jackson St. to west side of Jackson St. A water main shutdown on Jackson St. will be part of this work.

Thursday, December 8:

On Requa Ave. from west side of Jackson St. to Fargo St.

Friday, December 9:

On Requa Ave. from east of Fargo St. up through Fargo St.  A water main shutdown on Fargo St. will be part of this work.

Monday, December 12:

No construction work planned at this time but may be utilized if required.

Tuesday, December 13:

During the day, traffic control will be removed and traffic lanes returned to normal.

The Requa Sewer Project is the installation of a four-mile gravity flow sewer pipeline and related utility improvements from central Indio to VSD’s Water Reclamation Facility. Construction began in June 2016 at VSD’s treatment facility and will end in September 2017 at the intersection of Madison Street and Highway 111.  The cost of the project is $15 million and will add capacity for the future commercial growth and development of the City of Indio along the Highway 111 corridor.

For more information, please call the Valley Sanitary District’s hotline at (760) 238-5413 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or leave a message after hours.

Holiday Schedule

The Valley Sanitary District will be closed on Monday, December 26, 2016 in observance of Christmas.

The Valley Sanitary District will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2017  in observance of New Year's Day.

Press Release - 1 MegaWatt Solar PV Project nearing completion

Through a Power Purchase Agreement, Valley Sanitary District contracted with Solar City of San Mateo, California to provide 1 Mega Watt of PV solar power for twenty years. The Solar Project consists of 3,400 panels and will save Valley Sanitary District 40 to 50 percent of our facility energy costs.

The solar panel project is complete, with the final interconnection to the Imperial Irrigation District electrical system underway.

The system will be operational by the end of 2016.

VSD Solar Project Fact Sheet

Press Release - Biological Treatment System

The Valley Sanitary District (VSD) operated a biological treatment system to treat waste water of its property for several years.  Unfortunately, this system was not able to meet the conditions of our permit with the State of California - Water Quality Control Board, and the decision was made to close that system.

VSD conducted an extensive CEQA environmental review over the past 2 years regarding the closure of the biological treatment system. This public process reached out to community stakeholders, environmental groups, and regulatory agencies regarding the proposed closure. This included public hearings, and an outreach program, including the State Environmental Clearinghouse.

The closure of our biological treatment system in no way affects the continued operation of the Coachella Valley Bird Center, which is located on District property.

Press Release - Requa Sewer Project

Indio, CA., The Valley Sanitary District (VSD) Board has awarded the contract for the Requa Sewer Project to Downing Construction Inc. of Redlands, California.  Downing Construction is a California contractor specializing in pipeline installation. 

The Requa Sewer Project consists of 4 miles of new sewer pipeline and other related utility improvements. The purpose of the project is to add capacity to the sewer system in Indio to the District’s Water Reclamation Facility and increase capacity to accommodate future development.

In preparation of breaking ground this May on the Requa Sewer Project, the Valley Sanitary District (VSD) is currently offering presentations to groups and organizations to help strategically prepare for construction.  Presentations will be tailored to each group, addressing questions about the new sewer system.   

"With construction quickly approaching, we want to assist residents, local businesses, groups, and organizations in preparing for construction while addressing any questions or misconceptions concerning the Project," said Joseph Glowitz, General Manager of VSD.  "By offering these presentations, our goal is to continue an open channel of communication and provide the community with the knowledge and tools they need to plan for construction."

The Requa Sewer Project Information HOTLINE is 760 . 238 . 5413

Information / Infomacion

Development Design Manual released

The District has released the Development Design Manual (June 2016)

The Valley Sanitary District is a full member of the Coachella Valley Regional Water Management Group.

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Contact Info

45500 Van Buren Street

Indio, California 


760 . 238 . 5400

Requa Project HOTLINE

760 . 238 . 5413

24 Hour Telephone

Sewer Overflow 

Emergencies (Nights)

760 . 238 . 5400

Valley Sanitary District