Water & Air

Learn more about the region’s water and air quality.

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Water

Safe & Reliable Water

Assuring a safe and reliable water supply to the residents of the greater Antelope Valley has been the mission of the Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency for over 50 years. AVEK Water Agency is the states third largest water wholesaler, covering a land area of nearly 2,400 square miles, with an allocation from the California Aqueduct of 141,400 acre-feet (over 46 billion gallons).

With every expectation that our Valley will continue to grow, water providers are seeking to confront tomorrows water supply challenges, today. Sustaining a stable deliver of water into the High Desert is challenged by an ever-increasing limitation in the water available from the State Water Project California Aqueduct running along the southern hills of the Valley.

In recent years, AVEK Water Agency has partnered with our customers and other local water providers in developing our own water banking program, using it as a tool for increased water delivery, storage, and reliability. AVEKs project redirects surplus water from the Aqueduct into an optimal site for groundwater recharge. This water is stored and then recovered during future dry seasons or drought years.

Banking water in this way allows AVEK to better reach its goal of zero-loss of water into the Antelope Valley. Dan Flory, AVEK General Manager said, Were going to keep recharging groundwater as it becomes available. Our challenge is to continually evaluate the water supply conditions, working toward cost-effectiveness and future availability.

Water Providers

Antelope Valley East Kern Water Agency
Amount produced in 2012

  • 79,000 acre feet (43,200 m&i; 5,300 ag; 31,400 Banking) Amount produced in 2011
  • 93,000 acre feet (50,000 m&i; 43,000 ag) State Water Project entitlement
  • 141,400 acre feet Treatment Plant Capacity
  • 118 million gallons per day (capable of serving nearly 500,000 people)

Water Quality Report
www.avek.org


Palmdale Water District
Amount produced in 2012

  • 19,257 acre feet billed
  • 21,459 acre feet produced State Water Project Delivered: 16,450 acre feet Customers Served in 2012
  • 26,352 connections serving approximately 104,617 people State Water Project Table A Amount
  • 21,300 acre feet

Water Sources
65% State water project
35% Groundwater Wells

Water Quality Report
www.palmdalewater.org

Air Quality

Antelope Valley Air Quality and Management District

The AVAQMD works in partnership with the local communities to achieve and preserve a healthful environment through effective air quality programs by promoting community and individual responsibility for air quality while supporting strong-economic growth throughout the region.

https://avaqmd.ca.gov/

Kern County Air Pollution Control District

The Board of Directors acts as the governing body of the East Kern Air Pollution Control District, a special district on east Kern County. The board consists of five members; three city council members and two county supervisors. Board meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors are:

Ed Grimes, Mayor of Tehachapi

Don Parris, Councilman of California City

Eddie Thomas, Vice-Mayor of Ridgecrest

Mick Gleason, Kern Co. Supervisor 1st District

Zack Scrivner, Kern Co. Supervisor 2nd District

 

NUMBER OF DAYS OVER STATE STANDARD
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
37 42 22 16 18
110 97 62 51 54
105 83 66 51 44
35 43 26 12 7

 NUMBER OF DAYS OVER 8-HOUR STANDARD
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
24 31 16 14 39
88 84 60 44 119
104 72 99 89 127
26 35 16 12 56

 

Weather

Average Temperatures

(Compared to other Southwestern Communities)

JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER
HIGH LOW HIGH LOW HIGH LOW HIGH LOW
Bakersfield 92 64 98 69 96 68 91 63
California City 91 62 97 67 96 66 90 59
Fresno 91 60 98 65 96 63 90 59
Henderson 91 63 97 70 95 69 87 59
Lancaster 89 60 95 66 95 64 89 58
Las Vegas 99 69 104 76 102 74 94 66
Palmdale 90 57 98 65 97 64 91 57
Palm Springs 102 64 108 73 106 71 102 66
Phoenix 103 72 105 80 106 71 102 66
Ridgecrest 96 64 103 70 101 68 95 61
San Bernardino 84 53 93 60 93 60 89 57
Santa Clarita 86 50 94 56 94 56 90 52
Tehachapi 80 50 89 56 87 53 82 47
Tucson 100 68 99 74 97 72 94 67