Was a public meeting held?
On May 12, 2015, the CVWD Board of Directors adopted Ordinance No. 1419, assessing penalties for customers who do not reduce consumption by 36% of their outdoor water budget. Prior to adopting this ordinance, our Board of Directors held 3 public meetings receiving dozens of public comments encouraging strong action to prevent water waste. In accordance with state law, the Notice of Public Meeting was published 10 days in advance of the meeting in the Desert Sun and the Imperial Valley Press. Following the adoption of the ordinance, it was published on May 15, 2015 in the Desert Sun and Imperial Valley Press. Drought Penalties took effect on July 1, 2015.

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1. Under what authority can Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) impose drought penalties or fines?
2. Was a public meeting held?
3. How were customers notified?
4. Does the San Juan Capistrano court case make your tiered rates illegal?
5. My HOA and/or city prohibit me from allowing my lawn to brown or converting to desert landscaping. How can I be expected to conserve water?
6. Why does the district not comply with the requirements that apply to public utilities under the public utilities code?
7. I am an apartment owner and have no control over consumption at my rental units. How can I be expected to comply with the drought ordinance?
8. Under what authority can the district require that service be provided on the account of the landlord?
9. How do I request a hearing to appeal a water waste fine?