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Posted on: November 8, 2016

CVWD recognizes community water savers

Outstanding Commercial Water Saver

Coachella Valley Water District's (CVWD) Board of Directors today honored a local resident and business with conservation awards.

CVWD's conservation contests are aimed at recognizing and celebrating extraordinary water savers in the community. The contests are divided into two categories to recognize homeowners who have transformed their yards into water-friendly landscapes and commercial properties that have implemented effective water conservation practices. Both winners also received rebates through CVWD's turf buyback program.

The most recent winners are listed below:

Most Beautiful Yard winner: Julia Strickland
Julia Strickland of La Quinta is the winner of the Most Beautiful Yard category. She replaced approximately 870 square feet of grass with water-efficient plants and a new drip irrigation system. This new landscaping has reduced Strickland's water bills by more than half.
"I believe it is part of our civic duty to do what we can to preserve and protect water in the state," said Strickland.

Outstanding Commercial Water Saver: Ironwood Community Association
Ironwood Community Association of Palm Desert is the winner of the Outstanding Commercial Water Saver award. The community association recently replaced more than 48,139 square feet of grass with desert-friendly landscaping on a curbside, parkway and a median on Portola Avenue. This project is estimated to save Ironwood about 60 gallons of water per square foot of grass removed, which is approximately 2.8 million gallons of water per year. In addition, three smart controllers were also installed.

"These projects are excellent examples of the significant water savings that can be achieved by making changes to outdoor landscaping," said Katie Ruark, CVWD conservation manager. "These changes also show that our community is embracing long-term water conservation as the new California lifestyle."

For more information about CVWD's 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 109,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, located primarily in Riverside County, but also in portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.

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