Last October, the Governor issued a statewide drought declaration urging Californians to step up and voluntarily reduce water usage by 15% (compared to year 2020 water usage). On January 4, 2022, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted an emergency regulation that prohibits wasteful water use practices statewide and encourages Californians to monitor water use more closely. Most of the restrictions in the emergency regulation are consistent with water restrictions that are already in place for the Coachella Valley, as outlined in the Water Shortage Contingency Plan(s) adopted by the water agencies.
As a reminder, the following use of potable water is prohibited:
- Irrigating turf within 48 hours of one-fourth of an inch (1/4”) of rainfall.
- Washing vehicles without an automatic shutoff nozzle.
- Washing impervious areas such as driveways, parking lots, walkways and other hardscapes is restricted, unless for public safety. Pressure washers, recycled water, water broom and water from a bucket are permitted.
- Applying water to outdoor landscapes resulting in more than incidental runoff.
- Irrigating turf on public medians.
- Use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system.
The water agencies in the Coachella Valley continue to collaborate regionally on long-term water resource planning and project efforts to ensure water supply reliability. However, folks can also do their part by using water wisely. To learn more, visit our Conservation Tips page.