The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) yesterday approved an extension of revised emergency regulations for urban water conservation. Based on the new regulations that take climate into account, Coachella Valley Water District's (CVWD) mandatory conservation target is changed from 36% to 32% beginning March 1. The following is a statement from CVWD General Manager Jim Barrett on the new regulations.
"Coachella Valley Water District appreciates that the state is recognizing the unique factors affecting various regions. The 4% change to CVWD's conservation mandate, based on a climate for regions that are the hottest in the state, represents a more fair, equitable and achievable mandate that we are committed to achieve.
CVWD staff worked with the state and testified on behalf of our customers before the SWRCB to achieve this change and will continue to work with the state in support of future adjustments. CVWD also will continue to work with our customers to help them meet this mandate."
A copy of CVWD's policy recommendations to the state is available online.
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.