As the drought continues, Coachella Valley Water District has added new mandatory steps to increase domestic water conservation.
These actions are part of the District’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan that includes six shortage levels. The new steps are Level 2 and anticipate slightly limited water supplies and outdoor water use restrictions.
The District board approved these items:
- Limit outdoor water use to before 10 a.m. and after sunset for spray irrigation.
- Limit water service in restaurants to only on request.
- Discourage overseeding.
- Boost public information campaign.
- Encourage enforcement agencies and HOAs to suspend code enforcement and fines for brown turf grass areas.
- Increase turf rebates from $2 per square foot to $3 per square foot.
If the drought crisis continues, CVWD could enact Level 3. That step means water supplies are moderately limited and outdoor water use will face added restrictions.
Here are some possible Level 3 actions:
- Outdoor watering limited to 3 days a week for spray irrigation.
- Drip irrigation allowed seven days a week during non-daylight hours.
- Spray irrigation of parkways and medians prohibited.
For drought updates for the Coachella Valley go online to: www.cvwd.org/261/Drought-Updates.
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 stormwater 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.