Do you know where your water comes from? For most of the Imperial Valley, the answer is easy. The Colorado River supplies water to irrigation canals for crops and livestock, and to homes and businesses for drinking water and washing. However, on the western side of Imperial Valley, communities like Ocotillo, No Mirage, Yuha Estates, and Coyote Wells get their water from a different source altogether, one that lies in the ground below. Known as the Ocotillo-Coyote Wells Aquifer, the presence and importance of this groundwater has long been known and utilized by the inhabitants and people traveling through the Valley.
What is an Aquifer?