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Posted on: November 22, 2016

CVWD adopts day-of-use irrigation restrictions

Adjusting irrigation clock

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) will again institute day-of-use restrictions for irrigation.

Starting Dec. 1 and through March 31, outdoor irrigation by CVWD domestic customers will be prohibited on Mondays and Thursdays.

This temporary restriction for irrigation, which aims to further encourage conservation, was approved by the CVWD Board of Directors earlier this month.

The irrigation schedule is in addition to ongoing water-use restrictions that include:

  • No irrigation during or within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
  • Broken sprinklers must be repaired within 24 hours of notification.
  • Eating establishments may only serve drinking water upon request.
  • Hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily.
  • Applying water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff to adjacent property, roadways, parking lots, etc. is prohibited.
  • Using a hose to wash an automobile, windows, solar panels, and tennis courts, except where the hose is equipped with a shut-off nozzle, is prohibited.
  • Applying any water to any hard surface including, but not limited to, driveways, sidewalks, and asphalt is prohibited.
  • Homeowners' associations or community service organizations cannot block, stifle, or threaten homeowners from reducing or eliminating the watering of vegetation or lawns during a declared drought emergency.
  • Irrigation with any water of ornamental turf on public street medians is prohibited.

As a result of water-use restrictions and customer conservation efforts, water use is down significantly. The rolling average since June is a 23.4% decrease in water use when compared to the same period in 2013.

For a complete list of water-use restrictions and for conservation programs to help save water, visit For Coachella Valley residents who are not CVWD customers, information about your water district and direct links are available at

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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