The State Water Resources Control Board today released proposed staff recommendations for potential extension of the emergency regulations for urban water conservation. The following is a statement from Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) General Manager Jim Barrett on the proposed recommendations.
“Coachella Valley Water District appreciates the ongoing opportunity to provide feedback to the State Water Recourses Control Board through the Urban Water Conservation Workgroup. Recognizing the difficult task before the Water Board, we believe this initial framework is a decent starting point, but still far away from a fair, intelligible, explainable and quantifiable outcome that we all hope to accomplish.
An initial review of the document indicates CVWD would qualify for no more than a 4% change to its conservation mandate, based on the proposed climate adjustment. While we appreciate consideration for regions that are the hottest in the state, we would encourage the state to consider an adjustment more equitable to the circumstance.
We are especially disappointed that staff is recommending no adjustments for seasonal population. In the Coachella Valley, inability to count seasonal residents creates an artificially inflated per capita water use figure, which is the reason CVWD was given the 36% target. CVWD has worked hard to promote water conservation among seasonal customers and doesn’t believe they should be given any special treatment. We just want them counted in the population.
CVWD looks forward to commenting on the proposed regulatory framework and continuing to participate in the process when the draft emergency regulation is released in mid-January. We remain optimistic that the Water Board will consider the many valuable and legitimate concerns raised by water districts throughout the state during the first comment period.”
CVWD’s initial comments on the potential changes to the emergency regulations can be found at www.cvwd.org. CVWD customers who would like to make independent comments to the Water Board can do so by emailing Kathy Frevert at Kathy.Frevert@waterboards.ca.gov by Jan. 6, 2016.