Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) has awarded rebates totaling $64,627.15 to Desert Sands Unified School District (DSUSD) for installing smart irrigation controllers at 18 schools.
“We’re very pleased to work with DSUSD to update their irrigation clocks which allows them to optimize their irrigation scheduling and use water more efficiently,” said CVWD Conservation Manager Jenna Shimmin.
Smart weather-based irrigation clocks automatically adjust irrigation-system run time based on weather data. They reduce the amount water in the cooler months and increase the amount in the summer.
The water-saving devices provide irrigation for 7,576,450 square feet of grass including playgrounds and sports fields.
The controllers will improve health of the grass and cut back on over watering at the schools, said DSUSD Grounds Manager Enrique Leon.
The 18 schools are:
Bermuda Dunes: James Monroe Elementary
Indian Wells: Gerald Ford Elementary
Indio: Amelia Earhart Elementary, Desert Ridge Academy, John Glenn Middle, Shadow Hills High
La Quinta: Adams Early Childhood, Benjamin Franklin Elementary, Colonel Mitchell Paige Middle, Desert Education Center, Harry Truman Elementary, La Quinta High, La Quinta Middle, Summit High
Palm Desert: James Earl Carter Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Palm Desert High, Ronald Regan Elementary
For more information on the CVWD smart controller program, visit CVWD’s Smart Controllers webpage.
Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of 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.