Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) is encouraging homeowners, HOAs, businesses and golf courses to skip overseeding this fall to reduce water use during California's historic drought.
"By allowing lawns to go golden, our customers can avoid drought penalties and achieve the state mandate of a 36 percent decrease in overall residential water use," said Heather Engel, director of Communication & Conservation.
CVWD has historically increased domestic customers' monthly water budgets for six weeks during October and November to help customers who increase their water use for overseeding avoid higher rates. However, due to the state's conservation mandates, that will not be the case this year.
Free yard signs are available for those who let their grass go golden or who have desert-friendly landscaping. Visit the CVWD office at 75525 Hovley Lane East to pick one up.
For those who want to remove grass and replace it with desert-friendly landscaping, CVWD offers rebate programs. More information is available at www.cvwd.org/turf
For those who choose to overseed, follow the district's Overseeding Without Wasting Guidelines available at www.cvwd.org/overseeding. Instructions are available in English and Spanish.
CVWD customers used 27% less water in August 2015 when compared to the same month in 2013. Customers had previously used 41% less in July and 21% less in June when compared to the same months in 2013. The average reduction over the three-month period is 30%.
The state is requiring CVWD to reduce overall residential water use by 36% each month when compared to the same month in 2013 or face additional mandates and penalties of up to $10,000 per day.
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.