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Aug 25

The drought: What you can do at home to conserve

Posted on August 25, 2021 at 1:09 PM by Jesse Ruiz

Critical drought conditions continue to raise alarm across most of California. Fortunately, due to a reliable water supply in our groundwater basin and continuing conservations measures, the Coachella Valley sees less impact.  

First, a reminder of where we are today:

  • Coachella Valley water supplies remain stable in contrast to shortages in much of the rest of California.
  • Riverside County is not among the more than 50 counties under drought emergency orders.
  • Gov. Newsom has called for all Californians to voluntarily reduce water use by 15 percent.
  • CVWD encourages water efficiency practices due to our hot, desert climate.

Residents can take these steps to reduce consumption and improve water use efficiency.

CVWD will continue to enforce water-use restrictions that became law in 2017.  Among them, these apply to residents.

 Do not:

  • Irrigate during or within 48 hours of measurable rainfall.
  • Apply water to landscapes so that it runs off to adjacent property, roads, parking lots, etc.
  • Use a hose to wash cars, windows, solar panels or tennis courts unless it has a shut-off nozzle.
  • Use potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature unless the water is part of a recirculating system.
  • Hose off hard surfaces, including driveways and sidewalks.

Visit CVWD.org/drought for more information and updates.

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