Water-use Restrictions

Drought penalties lifted, water-use restrictions remain

Recognizing persistent yet less severe drought conditions throughout California, on May 18, 2016, the State Water Board adopted an emergency water conservation regulation that requires locally developed conservation standards based upon each agency’s specific circumstances. Because the Coachella Valley is blessed with massive water storage in the underground aquifer, the mandatory conservation standard from the state was lifted for agencies in our region effective June 1, 2016. Subsequently, drought penalties were lifted the same day.
Fact Sheet on water-use restrictions (PDF) (en Español)
Water Supply Reliability Certification Worksheet
Water Supply Reliability Certification Supplemental Information
CVWD lifts drought penalties and extends water-use restrictions 5/24/2016
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CVWD customers are encouraged to continue to be mindful of their water use and understand that water-smart behavior is now part of being a Californian. Water-use restrictions remain in place CVWD is asking customers to now focus on the goals of the Water Management Plan, which calls for a 20% reduction in water use by 2020.

CVWD will continue to enforce water-use restrictions, currently in place through January (with an extension possible). Enforcement efforts are reported monthly to the State Water Board.

The restrictions include:
  • No outdoor irrigation on Mondays and Thursdays from December 1 to March 31.
  • No irrigation during or within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
  • Broken sprinklers must be repaired within 24 hours of notification.
  • Eating establishments may only serve drinking water upon request.
  • Hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily.
  • Applying water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff to adjacent property, roadways, parking lots, etc. is prohibited.
  • Using a hose to wash an automobile, windows, solar panels, and tennis courts, except where the hose is equipped with a shut-off nozzle, is prohibited.
  • Applying any water to any hard surface including, but not limited to, driveways, sidewalks, and asphalt is prohibited.
  • Homeowners’ associations or community service organizations cannot block, stifle, or threaten homeowners from reducing or eliminating the watering of vegetation or lawns during a declared drought emergency.
  • Irrigation with any water of ornamental turf on public street medians is prohibited.
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Additional Resources

Ready to make some changes so that you can cut your outdoor water use? Here are some key resources:
If you’ve taken advantage of all these resources and still need help, give us a call. We’re here to help you conserve