Recently, Governor Newsom asked residents to voluntarily cut household water use by 15 percent compared to last year, as drought conditions worsen throughout the State. The Governor also expanded his declaration of regional drought state of emergency to 50 California counties. Although Riverside County is currently not on the list under the Governor’s emergency declaration, Coachella Valley residents and businesses should continue to use water wisely.
Water agencies in the Coachella Valley are doing their part by working regionally to promote water conservation through awareness and education through CV Water Counts, as well as long-term planning to ensure water supply reliability its customers. Recent planning efforts include the completion of the 2020 Coachella Valley Regional Urban Water Management Plan, which looks at water resource forecasting for the next 20 years, assessment of water supply reliability during drought, and outlines strategies and efforts in the event of a water shortage. A copy of the 2020 Coachella Valley Regional Urban Water Management Plan can be found online here.
Agencies are offering various rebate programs for turf removal, replacing inefficient irrigation systems, and certain indoor appliances. Check with your water agency to see what programs are being offered in your service area, or visit our Rebates page here.
For more information on the drought, check out the below websites:
Drought.gov – Drought Conditions for California
Drought.gov – Drought Conditions for Riverside County
U.S. Drought Monitor – California’s Current Map
Coachella Valley Water District – Drought Updates
Desert Water Agency – The Drought