CVWD News

Posted on: June 23, 2016

CVWD encourages ongoing conservation

Desert Landscape

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) customers have saved more than 9.5 billion gallons of water in the past year and CVWD is encouraging everyone to continue their commitment to conservation during the drought.

"Our customers have made permanent landscape and fixture changes and become more mindful of water use, which has resulted in significant water savings," said CVWD General Manager Jim Barrett. "It's important this behavior continue as conservation remains an important tool in our long-term efforts to eliminate overdraft of the Coachella Valley's aquifer."

CVWD recently submitted to the State its water supply data, which is the factor now being used in calculating mandatory conservation targets. Because the Coachella Valley has a healthy groundwater supply and imported water for groundwater replenishment, the region is no longer under a state-mandated conservation target. Water waste restrictions remain in effect.

The Coachella Valley Water Management Plan, a blueprint for long-term sustainability that was first adopted in 2002, calls for a 20% reduction in water use by 2020. The Urban Water Management Plan, mandated by the state to be updated this summer, also calls for 20% reduction by 2020.

CVWD customers have averaged approximately 25% drop in water use, saving an estimated 9.5 billion gallons of water since June 2015. Water agencies must continue to measure and report monthly water use to the state.

 "We expect our customers will be able to voluntarily maintain these reduced levels of water use and meet these targets. If not, new mandates may be developed," Barrett said.

To help encourage the reduced levels of water use, CVWD recently tightened monthly water budgets by approximately 25%. Indoor budgets were reduced based on current industry standards and outdoor budgets were reduced to encourage more desert-appropriate landscaping.
The budgets will still be personalized based on number of people in the home, size of property, weather and length of billing cycle. The water budget changes go into effect July 1 and will be reflected on August bills.

In addition, the following water waste restrictions remain in place and are being enforced:

  • 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.

CVWD encourages customers to take advantage of several water conservation programs that are available. CVWD invested $6.7 million in funding for conservation rebate and incentive programs this fiscal year and expects to continue the same level of funding in the new fiscal year starting July 1.

For a complete list of conservation programs, tips for reducing water use and all the water-use restrictions, visit www.cvwd.org/conservation.

The Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of directors. The district provides domestic and irrigation water, agricultural drainage, wastewater treatment and reclamation services, regional storm water protection, groundwater management and water conservation. It serves approximately 108,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, located primarily in Riverside County, but also in portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.

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