On Tuesday, the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) Board of Directors will discuss the state’s new water-use restrictions and how to achieve the governor’s mandatory conservation goal.
In response to the state’s severe drought, Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order on April 1, mandating a 25% reduction in domestic water use, outlining new water-use restrictions and holding water agencies responsible for helping customers achieve the conservation goal. Areas with higher per-capita water use, including CVWD, have been told to reduce by 35%.
“Reducing water use by 35% will not be easy. We will need to consider increased funding for conservation programs, additional water-use restrictions and increased community outreach,” said CVWD General Manager Jim Barrett.
CVWD spent $3.2 million this fiscal year on conservation and rebate programs. This is the largest amount of money CVWD has ever dedicated to these programs, in part due to a record number of applications from valley residents, businesses and homeowner associations wanting to do their part to reduce water use.
The most successful program is the turf conversion program, which pays $1 per square foot of grass removed. CVWD customers have removed more than 6 million square feet of grass through this program started in 2008.
CVWD has also had success with its program to investigate water-use restriction violations and other forms of water waste. Residents can report water waste using an online form at www.cvwd.org or by calling the Water Waste Helpline at (888) 398-5008. Since July, staff has investigated nearly 400 reports to help valley residents eliminate water waste.
The public is invited to attend the public meeting to provide input on how to achieve the goal. No decisions will be made until the April 28 Board of Directors meeting.
Meeting details:Time: 9 a.m.Date: April 14 and April 28Location: 75-515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert
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.
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