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Posted on: April 1, 2015

CVWD to help customers continue to reduce water use during ongoing statewide drought

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Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) is committed to helping all its stakeholders understand and comply with the first ever statewide mandatory water-use restrictions, announced today by California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr.

“Our customers have shown a strong commitment to water conservation, reducing total domestic water use by 23 percent since 2007,” said Jim Barrett, general manager of CVWD. “We applaud the efforts that have already been made and stand ready to provide the assistance needed to meet the even higher standard being set by the state.”

In the current fiscal year, the district to date has allocated $3.2 million toward conservation programs for its customers. Residents, businesses and HOAs have removed nearly 6 million square feet of turf to date. The district’s first turf rebate program designed for golf courses is expected to save 553 acre-feet of water per year.

The governor’s executive order, issued today, outlines actions designed to save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state’s drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient. The actions come amid continuing and worsening drought conditions in the state and call for a 25 percent reduction in potable urban water use as measured from a 2013 baseline. Compared to that, CVWD customers have only saved less than 5 percent.

California proclaimed a drought state of emergency last year.

CVWD staff members currently are reviewing the order and the State Water Control Board’s recently announced new water use restrictions and will present recommendations to the Board of Directors for the district’s water shortage contingency plan at its April 28 board meeting. That meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 9 a.m. at CVWD’s Coachella office, 51501 Tyler Street.

“The success of our rebate programs shows the community’s commitment to conservation,” Barrett said. “Of course, we can always do more to work together to help our state navigate through these challenging drought conditions.”

For more information on the state restrictions, visit the governor’s website at http://gov.ca.gov. Additional information also will be provided on the CVWD website at www.cvwd.org as it becomes available.

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.

News Release Contacts
Heather Engel, hengel@cvwd.org, Ext. 2353
Diane Carmony, dcarmony@cvwd.org, Ext. 2315

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