With this weekend's measurable rainfall in the Coachella Valley, the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) reminds customers to turn off their irrigation during rain and for 48 hours afterward.
This is one of the water-use restrictions approved by the district's board of directors on May 12 in response to the mandated statewide 25% potable water-use reduction, as outlined in Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s executive order of April 1. Areas with higher per-capita water use, including CVWD, have been told by the State Water Resources Control Board to reduce by 36%.
National Weather Service radar this weekend showed measurable precipitation through much of California, including the Coachella Valley.
Those who ignore the restrictions may receive an official warning that could lead to a fine. The penalties include a written warning for first violation, $50 for second violation (although violators can attend "water school" in lieu of the fine), $100 for third violation, and $200 for fourth and subsequent violations. The fines will be added to the customer's water bill.
The district reminds residents that water waste can be reported online at www.cvwd.org
In addition, during any significant rainfall, it is important to be aware of the potential danger related to stormwater flow in the Whitewater River/Coachella Valley Stormwater Channel and other regional stormwater channels and washes.
As little as 2 feet of water can cause a car or truck to lose traction and float downstream. Driving can be especially treacherous at night when it's difficult to determine the depth of water. Drivers should always obey law enforcement-imposed road closures and detours.
Also, take extra caution when crossing, walking or playing in the channel or washes prior to an impending storm. Even when it is not raining on the valley floor, rain in nearby mountains can result in heavy water flow in a short period of time.
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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