California's extended drought has impacted the efforts of local water agencies to recharge the Coachella Valley's underground water aquifer. 

But local water managers say this dry desert area is doing much better than the state as a whole when it comes to future water supplies. 

A shortage of rain and snow has dried up water recharge ponds operated jointly by the Coachella Valley Water District and the Desert Water Agency.

200 acres of ponds in northwest Palm Springs send water directly back into the aquifer during wetter years.

But Craig Ewing of the Desert Water Agency said, "That's not the case today.  It is dry."

Ewing continued, "And it is dry because there is not water coming off the Colorado River."

A state aqueduct, which feeds the ponds, has been shut off because of the drought.

That means up to 200 acre feet of water isn't soaking back into the Coachella Valley's aquifer there each day, enough water to serve the needs of 400 homes for a year.

The White Water River is dry for the most part, flowing at just a trickle.

A state aqueduct in the White Water Canyon has been turned off and is no longer feeding the river which in turn flows to the Palm Springs recharge ponds.

The only water in the river now is a smattering of local rain and snowmelt.

Local water managers say the drought is a real concern for the aquifer, but they're not too concerned.

The spigots are wide open, and the water is flowing out fast at the Coachella Valley Water District's Levy Recharge Facility in La Quinta.

Board President, John Powell Jr. said, "You're seeing over a foot of water a day percolating down into the aquifer."

Powell said this operation is at full capacity, despite the drought in California, and soaking 35,000 acre feet of water into the aquifer a year.

That's enough water to provide for 70,000 homes for a year.

Powell said, "We're actually seeing water levels increase because of this recharge effort."

Another concern is sinking soil, subsidence around the central and east valley.  

There are slumps where too much water is being pumped from the ground. 

One is in Palm Desert in the Rancho Las Palmas area bounded by Monterey Avenue on the east, Fred Waring Drive and Highway 111 on the south and Bob Hope Drive on the west.

There are three slumps in Indian Wells east of Eldorado between Highway 111 and the mountainsides, and wide-spread subsidence in La Quinta again along the mountains throughout the community, primarily under golf courses.

To the west of the Coachella Valley, the water situation in Cabazon is more tenuous. 

Water managers there say the water table is dropping by a foot a year on average.

The Cabazon Water District cut service to the Nestlé Arrowhead water bottling plant in 2010 because it used so much water.

But Nestlé simply dug its own water well instead.