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April 27, 2006

                          Breach in Coachella Canal Releases Water
There were no injuries and property damage was limited to minor erosion earlier today when a breach in the
Coachella Canal allowed irrigation water to flow southward into a wash and onto some private property in the
Salton Sea community of North Shore, near Avenue 72.

The breach occurred shortly after 4 p.m. and was attributed to construction associated with the replacement of
still-earthen portions of the canal with a parallel, concrete-lined waterway. Construction crews worked quickly
to repair the breach and Coachella Valley Water District personnel responded to the area immediately.

The amount of water lost as a result of the incident was not immediately known. The breach did not prevent the
district from filling orders for irrigation water today, and it is not expected that there will be any problems in
meeting the irrigation needs of growers or others who rely on the canal for water Friday.

The Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency, established by voters in 1918, that provides irrigation
water and agricultural drainage, domestic water, wastewater treatment and recycled water, regional stormwater
protection, groundwater management and water conservation across an area of 1,000 square miles, primarily in
Riverside County but also in portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.

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