WHY IS WATER INEXPENSIVE IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY COMPARED TO OTHER PLACES?

We have enjoyed low water prices for years, largely thanks to the aquifer – a large area underground filled with rocks, sand and water – and also water from the Colorado River, which helps replenish the aquifer. Local water agencies work hard, collaborate and combine resources where possible to keep water prices affordable for customers.

The cost of delivering water has increased over the years as power and other operating expenses rise. Pending regulations and litigation may also drive prices up in the future.

WHERE AM I WASTING THE MOST WATER?

Typical Coachella Valley homes use about 70 percent of their water outside, so looking to your lawn and garden is a great place to start.

DO WE NEED TO CONSERVE EVEN WHEN WE ARE NOT IN A DROUGHT?

Water is a precious resource. Though some years are classified as drought years and others are not due to rainfall levels, using less water is key to protecting our local groundwater. Water should never be wasted.

WHY DO LOCAL GOLF COURSES STILL GET TO USE SO MUCH WATER?

Many golf courses use recycled (treated wastewater) or untreated canal water, while other golf courses pump from their own private wells. Each water district has different policies for encouraging golf courses to use water efficiently.

WHY DON’T ALL OF THE LOCAL WATER DISTRICTS HAVE THE SAME REBATES?

Each district has worked to develop rebates that best suit its customers. Some rebates are funded through grants unique to the district.

HOW CAN LOCAL BUSINESSES CUT DOWN ON WATER WASTE?

Landscaping is the largest water use for homes and businesses. Consider a desert landscaping makeover in front of your business to reduce water use. If you have a break room or kitchen, posting reminders is always helpful.

DO WATER BUDGETS ONLY ALLOW PEOPLE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF WATER BEFORE IT IS CUT OFF?

Water budgets are a mode of billing that some water districts use. The budgets give people the water that they need at a lower rate, and charge them at a slightly higher rate for excess water used. This structure encourages conservation, but does not ration water.

WHAT ARE THE LOCAL AGENCIES DOING TO HELP SAVE WATER?

Local agencies have a variety of programs and incentives that help customers save. They also work with local governments and developers to plan for reduced water use in the future, and partner with large water users, such as the agriculture industry, golf courses, and schools, to improve water efficiency and reduce drain on the aquifer.

DO YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT SAVING WATER?

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