Posted on: July 1, 2015

CVWD customers reduce water use 17% in May


Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) customers are contributing to significant reductions in water use being reported across California, according to figures released today.

The State Water Resources Control Board announced today that statewide residential water use declined 29% in May, in same-month comparisons of 2015 and to 2013. CVWD customers reduced water use by 17% in during the same time period.

"I'm proud to say that our customers are doing an excellent job responding to the state's conservation mandate," said CVWD General Manager Jim Barrett. "While June figures aren't yet available, I'm optimistic that we will continue to move in the right direction."

The state is requiring CVWD to reduce overall residential water use by 36% or face penalties of up to $10,000 per day.

CVWD is responding by asking customers to limit water use to 36% below their monthly outdoor water budget. This new, temporary drought budget rewards customers who have already taken steps to significantly reduce water, such as replacing grass with desert landscaping, because they will likely already be below this threshold.

Approximately half of the customers with more inefficient water use will need to change their habits to avoid paying drought penalties on their monthly bill. The new drought penalties go into effect with July bills and are scheduled to expire when the state rescinds the conservation mandates.

Customers who want to determine if they are likely to be penalized can visit and use a copy of their previous water bill and the Drought Penalty Calculator. 

"I encourage customers who need help reducing their water use to take advantage of one or more of our many rebate and incentive programs. We also have several helpful resources on our website, including conservation tips and a desert-friendly plant database," Barrett said.

CVWD's Board of Directors recently approved a 2015-16 operating budget that includes $3.2 million for conservation programs.

Visit for conservation resources, rebate programs and more information about drought penalties.

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. For more information, please visit

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Diane Carmony,, Ext. 2315

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