Posted on: July 14, 2015

CVWD recognizes outstanding water savers

Hospitality Water Saver Winner (Hyatt)

Coachella Valley Water District’s (CVWD) Board of Directors today honored outstanding water savers from the community through a CV Water Counts water conservation contest.

CVWD is a member of the CV Water Counts program, which is comprised of the valley’s five water providers. This group hosts semi-annual water conservation contests aimed at recognizing and celebrating extraordinary water savers in the community. The contests are divided into three categories to recognize homeowners who have transformed their yards into water-friendly landscapes, commercial properties that have implemented effective water conservation practices and hospitality entities that have also put water-saving measures in place.

“It’s encouraging to see our community members getting involved and doing their part to conserve water,” said Heather Engel, CVWD director of communication and conservation. “These projects are excellent examples of the significant water savings that can be achieved by making changes to outdoor landscaping.”

Two of the most recent winners are located within CVWD’s service area:

Most Beautiful Yard winners: David Meeks and Roger LeFeber
David Meeks and Roger LaFeber of Palm Desert are the winners of the Most Beautiful Yard category. They replaced about 4,000 square feet of turf with water-efficient plants, artificial turf and a drip irrigation system. A variety of hardscape materials including boulders, rocks, pavers and gravel were also used in the landscape design. In fact, all of their landscaping is completely turf-free, saving a tremendous amount of water.

Hospitality Water Saver winner: Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa
The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa is the winner of the Hospitality Water Saver category. The hotel recently replaced more than 7,000 square feet of grass with artificial turf around all the pool areas. This project is estimated to save about 60 gallons of water per square foot of grass removed, which is approximately 420,000 gallons per year.

For more information about future water conservation contests, visit

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.

News Release Contacts
Heather Engel,, Ext. 2353
Diane Carmony,, Ext. 2315


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