Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) customers used 21 percent less water in June 2015 when compared to the same month in 2013.
Our customers have shown a strong commitment to water conservation," said Heather Engel, director of Communication & Conservation for the district. "We applaud these efforts and thank our customers for making meaningful changes toward saving water."
In conjunction with CVWD's turf rebate program, district customers replaced 2.9 million square feet of grass in the 2014-15 fiscal year and almost 6 million square feet since the program started.
To further assist customers in their conservation efforts, CVWD's board of directors recently approved a 2015-16 operating budget that includes $3.2 million for conservation rebate programs.
The state is requiring CVWD to reduce overall residential water use by 36% or face penalties of up to $10,000 per day.
CVWD has asked customers to limit outdoor 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.
Visit www.cvwd.org/CVsaving36 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 www.cvwd.org.
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