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Agency Spotlight: Coachella Water Authority

Agency Spotlight: Coachella Water Authority

The City of Coachella (City) was incorporated on December 13, 1946, and encompasses approximately 32 square miles in Riverside County, more specifically the Eastern Coachella Valley. Shortly after incorporation, in the summer of 1951, low water pressure in the area prevented local businesses from operating efficiently, thereby causing the formation of the City’s Water Department. In 1954, the City passed a bond to purchase and consolidate three private water companies: Abdelnous Water Company, Coachella Water Works, and Highway Water Company. The City Water Department was established in 1957, is administered and managed by the Utilities Manager for the Coachella Water Authority (CWA).

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Plant of the Month: Fall is the Time to Plant Spring Wildflowers

Plant of the Month: Fall is the Time to Plant Spring Wildflowers

Spring wildflower season is one of the desert’s most colorful periods. But planning for those multicolored displays in the spring requires planning in the Fall. It’s prime time for fall planting! From late September through early December is the perfect time to sow spring seeds in the desert. Most spring-blooming wildflowers benefit from the cold temperatures of winter and begin their life cycle when the winter rains come.

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Do You Need to Overseed? 10 Reasons to Skip That Winter Lawn

Do You Need to Overseed?  10 Reasons to Skip That Winter Lawn

It’s one of the great debates. Like Yankees vs. Red Socks, Democrats vs. Republicans, cat lovers vs. dog lovers, there are those who overseed their grass vs. those who don’t. Why the great debate? Well, it’s hard to say exactly how it all started, but it likely has something to do with American’s love of lush green lawns and doing whatever it takes to have them.

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Let’s Talk Water

Let’s Talk Water

Did you know that your local water distribution systems consist of several interconnected components? These include pipes, storage facilities, and other components that deliver safe and clean drinking water to you, the customer.

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Agency Spotlight: Coachella Valley Water District

Agency Spotlight: Coachella Valley Water District

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) is a special district established in 1918 to protect and conserve local water resources. Today, with nearly 560 employees CVWD provides water-related utility services to more than 300,000 people in the Coachella Valley. The District serves an area of about 1,000 square miles primarily in Riverside County, with portions in Imperial and San Diego counties.

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Plant of the Month: Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia Leucantha)

Plant of the Month: Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia Leucantha)

This evergreen shrub has a casual, graceful mounding growth habit that is well suited for a natural garden design. Long, velvety purple spikes bloom in late summer well into fall and sometimes even into winter. These blooms attract hummingbirds.

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Virtual Water Counts Academy 2021 Coming Soon

Virtual Water Counts Academy 2021 Coming Soon

CV Water Counts is gearing up for the fifth class of the Water Counts Academy designed for community leaders in the Coachella Valley who want to learn about local water resources – the lifeblood of our valley.

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Keep ‘Fogs’ and Wipes Out of Sewer Pipes

Keep ‘Fogs’ and Wipes Out of Sewer Pipes

Have you ever heard of the term FOG? They are sticky fats, oils and grease used for cooking. They also stick to each other and can clog your home’s plumbing if they go down the drain.

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Reduce Watering Times as Temperatures Cool

Reduce Watering Times as Temperatures Cool

As nighttime temperatures begin to cool, gradually reduce watering times to avoid wasting water. Plants and grass do not need much water during the fall and winter seasons.

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Imagine a Day without Water

Imagine a Day without Water

Imagine waking up and there’s no water for a shower or to brush your teeth. You can’t wash your hands and forget making a cup of coffee.

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Plant of the Month: Bottlebrush (Callistemon)

Plant of the Month: Bottlebrush (Callistemon)

This plant yields unique flowers whose blooms bear a striking resemblance to bottle brushes.

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Thank You, Water Pros!

Thank You, Water Pros!

Water Professionals Appreciation Week is October 3-11.

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Agency Spotlight: Desert Water Agency

Agency Spotlight: Desert Water Agency

Desert Water Agency was founded as a groundwater management agency in the western Coachella Valley in 1961 and started providing water service to customers in Palm Springs and Cathedral City in 1968.

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Fall into Gardening

Fall into Gardening

It’s officially fall! The weather is slowly starting to cool – and gardeners, new and seasoned, are eager to get their hands in the dirt.

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Agency Spotlight: Myoma Dunes Water Company

Agency Spotlight: Myoma Dunes Water Company

Myoma Dunes Water Company (MDWC) has provided drinking water to the Bermuda Dunes area for over 60 years, since 1953. MDWC is a small mutual water company serving approximately 2,500 residents in parts of Bermuda Dunes and the La Quinta area.

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September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be involved this September. Ready.gov has identified four things we all can do to prepare:

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Plant of the Month: Trailing Dalea (Dalea Greggii)

Plant of the Month: Trailing Dalea (Dalea Greggii)

The Trailing Dalea, with its beautiful lavender-purple clusters, low height and small, silvery, blue-green leaves make it an attractive, easily established, low-maintenance groundcover for dry and arid sites. Growing 6 to 12 inches high and roots at the nodes of long, trailing stems, it is especially useful for stabilizing slopes and rocky areas in poor soil.

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6 Steps for Smart Overseeding for Fall

6 Steps for Smart Overseeding for Fall

The overseeding process begins mid to late September, with preparation of your lawn for seeding in October or November. Here are some tips on saving water while reseeding.

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Proposition 1 Grant Will Spearhead Replacement Programs Resulting in Significant Water Savings

Proposition 1 Grant Will Spearhead Replacement Programs Resulting in Significant Water Savings

As part of the Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Program, the Coachella Valley IRWM Group was recently awarded $3.8 million in Proposition 1 grant funding by the California Department of Water Resources. Of that grant funding, $1.38 million is for the CV Water Counts Regional Conservation Program and will fund the implementation of turf removal, toilet rebates, and conservation outreach, as well as the construction of two demonstration gardens. This grant funding, coupled with agency funding and customer spending, is projected to invest $2.4 million in water conservation.

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August is National Water Quality Month

August is National Water Quality Month

August is one of the hottest months of the year where we enjoy outdoor water recreational activities such as water slides, slip n slides, pools, rivers, lakes, and the like. August is National Water Quality Month and a great reminder that it takes more than just turning on the tap to guarantee clean potable drinking water. It is a great time to educate ourselves on how we can protect our water resources and continue to maintain high water quality.

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Plant of the Month: Albizia Julibrissin (Silk Tree, Mimosa Tree)

Plant of the Month: Albizia Julibrissin (Silk Tree, Mimosa Tree)

The Silk Tree Mimosa is great for providing shade under its umbrella shaped canopy and a feeding hub to beautiful hummingbirds. This deciduous tree grows rapidly from 25 to 35 feet high and a 35 to 40 feet wide umbrella shaped canopy (about 1,200 square feet). The wispy pink to rose aromatic flowers produce in abundance during the summer and sporadically at other times of the year. Some people prefer to locate silk tree mimosa trees in areas easy to clean the droppings of flowers and pods because they can be messy.

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Agency Spotlight: Indio Water Authority

Agency Spotlight: Indio Water Authority

Did you know Indio Water Authority is one of the fastest growing municipal utilities in the Coachella Valley? Indio Water Authority was formed as a Joint Powers Authority in 2000 to serve the Indio community. Since the establishment of the IWA, service connections have increased from approximately 12,100 to more than 23,500 connections. The majority of the new growth is occurring primarily North of Interstate 10.

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Plant of the Month: Achillea (Yarrow)

Plant of the Month: Achillea (Yarrow)

Yarrow is extremely easy to grow and requires little maintenance in order for it to thrive. The most important thing to know is that yarrow does not do well in wet soils, make sure you plant it in dry soil. Once established, yarrow is extremely drought tolerant, making it a great plant for use in low-maintenance, dry gardens. Although it needs some shade, it does best in full sun. In any less light than that, it will be more prone to flopping stems.

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Conservation / Water Efficiency Check up: 6 Simple Steps

Conservation / Water Efficiency Check up: 6 Simple Steps

With up to 70% of your home’s water being used outdoors, the lawn and garden are good places to start a water efficiency checkup. Fine-tuning where and how you use water will also help save on your water bill. And as outside temperatures hit the triple digits, there is no better time than now to think about conservation.

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Turf Conversion Rebate

Turf Conversion Rebate

Are you considering converting your turf to a more drought-friendly and low maintenance yard? Consider including a rainwater capture or filtration system into the landscape project’s design. This sustainable approach integrated into the overall landscape design serves to reduce rainwater runoff onto sidewalks and streets and capture rainwater for reuse. Visit us here to find out if your water provider offers rebates for turf and other water saving incentive programs. Not sure who your water provider is? Find out here.

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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The Consumer Confidence Report Rule was first proposed February 1998? In its summary, EPA proposed to require community water systems to prepare and provide to their customers annual reports on the quality of the water delivered by the public systems. These reports would provide valuable information to consumers of tap water from community water systems and allow them to make personal health-based decisions regarding their drinking water consumption. Keep your eye out for a notification from your water provider regarding the 2019 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. Not sure who your water provider is; check here.

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“WATER” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“WATER” Ralph Waldo Emerson

The water understands Civilization well; It wets my foot, but prettily, It chills my life, but wittily, It is not disconcerted, It is not broken-hearted: Well used, it decketh joy, Adorneth, doubleth joy: Ill-used, it will destroy, In perfect time and measure With a face of golden pleasure Elegantly destroy.

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Celebrating ‘Drinking Water Week’

Celebrating ‘Drinking Water Week’

For more than 40 years, the American Water Works Association and its members have used Drinking Water Week as a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. This year, Drinking Water Week is May 3 – 9.

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Video: Maintaining Your Sprinklers

Video: Maintaining Your Sprinklers

With most everyone at home these days, it’s the perfect time for some DIY projects. Check out this video for tips on maintaining your spray sprinklers!

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5 Landscape Fixes to Prevent Water Waste

5 Landscape Fixes to Prevent Water Waste

Here are some often-overlooked basics for how to keep water off hardscapes.

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Valley Agencies Call on Residents to Help Protect Sewer System

Valley Agencies Call on Residents to Help Protect Sewer System

Valley agencies are calling on residents to help protect the sewer system from items that should not be flushed down toilets.

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Celebrate Earth Day by Being Water Wise

Celebrate Earth Day by Being Water Wise

Wednesday, April 22 marks the 50th Earth Day. It is a great opportunity to think about how you can be more sustainable and promote that others do the same. Being water wise is a great contribution. Not only are you protecting a precious resource, you are also reducing energy with each drop you save! Moving water takes a good deal of energy.

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Spring Planting Season in the Coachella Valley| What Can Thrive This Time of Year

Spring Planting Season in the Coachella Valley| What Can Thrive This Time of Year

Most of us have a lot more time at home lately. Many people have used this time to start up a garden. It’s a great time of year to try growing fruits, vegetables and herbs, which could eventually save you some trips to the store. Although in most places spring is the best time to plant, that isn’t the case here due to our warmer weather. While fall is the best planting season, there are a few things that can thrive in the spring.

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Your Tap Water is Safe During the COVID-19 Crisis

Your Tap Water is Safe During the COVID-19 Crisis

Empty shelves are the new normal at grocery stores. People are hoarding bottled water because of the COVID-19 crisis. While it’s a good idea to have at least two-weeks’ worth of bottled water for emergencies like an earthquake, it is unnecessary to use bottled water during this pandemic. 

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Congratulations to the Graduates of Water Counts Academy 2020!

Congratulations to the Graduates  of Water Counts Academy 2020!

CV Water Counts has just completed its fourth class of the Water Counts Academy – a program designed for community leaders in the Coachella Valley who want to learn about local water resources – the lifeblood of our valley.

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March 16 – 22 IS ‘Fix a Leak Week’!

March 16 – 22 IS  ‘Fix a Leak Week’!

Household leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each year we hunt down the drips during Fix a Leak Week. Mark your calendars for EPA’s annual Fix a Leak Week, March 16 through 22, 2020—but remember that you can find and fix leaks inside and outside your home to save valuable water and money all year long. To learn how to find and fix leaks, click here.

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Here’s What to Do When You Spot Water Waste in the Coachella Valley

Here’s What to Do When You Spot Water Waste in the Coachella Valley

Water is a precious resource every day, but especially in the Coachella Valley. So what should you do when you see something that you believe to be water waste? Here are some recommendations.

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What is Your Water Footprint?

What is Your Water Footprint?

The Coachella Valley has saved 50 billion gallons of water since 2015. Your dedication to conserve and be water wise is helping our Valley be more resilient to the impacts of future droughts.

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Coachella Valley Residents Have Conserved More Than 50 Billion Gallons Of Water Since 2015

Coachella Valley Residents Have Conserved More Than 50 Billion Gallons Of Water Since 2015

CV Water Counts, a collaborative of the valley’s six public water agencies, recently tallied water savings from June of 2015 – the implementation date of the State’s drought mandate – to the present. Results indicate that residents and businesses in the Coachella Valley have been water wise, saving more than 50 billion gallons of water.

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Video: How Simple Daily Choices Can Reduce Your Water Use

Video: How Simple Daily Choices Can Reduce Your Water Use

Here’s how simple daily choices can reduce your water use.

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How Two California Laws Aim to Make the State More Resilient to the Impacts of Future Droughts

How Two California Laws Aim to Make the State More Resilient to the Impacts of Future Droughts

In May of 2018, SB 606 and AB 1668 were signed into law to make Water Conservation a California Way of Life. These two bills make California more resilient to the impacts of future droughts by emphasizing efficiency and stretching existing water supplies in our cities and farms. There are key facts to take away from these laws and how they impact you:

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Water Counts Academy 2020: Now Accepting Applications

Water Counts Academy 2020: Now Accepting Applications

CV Water Counts is hosting its 4th Annual Water Counts Academy starting February 4th.

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Take the Pledge to Conserve Water for Your New Year’s Resolution

Take the Pledge to Conserve Water for Your New Year’s Resolution

What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Have you thought of ways that you could conserve water in your home or work life?

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Video: Discover 10 Water Conservation Tips with Practical Everyday Water Savings Ideas

Video: Discover 10 Water Conservation Tips with Practical Everyday Water Savings Ideas

Here are 10 water conservation tips including practical ways to save by optimizing your outside watering, using less water in your toilet, and more. Watch:

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Water Counts Academy 2020 | Here’s What You Need to Know

Water Counts Academy 2020 | Here’s What You Need to Know

Water Counts Academy 2020 will take place in February. This comprehensive course will cover the history, use, and management of water here in the Coachella Valley. Here are the details you need to know.

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To Mulch or Not to Mulch

To Mulch or Not to Mulch

Mulching is one of the simplest ways to enhance your garden. It insulates the soil, protects it from erosion, conserves moisture, prevents weed growth, reduces soil compaction from heavy rain, provides a beautiful finishing touch to your garden, and may even improve soil quality.

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Come See CV Water Counts at the Desert Living Home Show

Come See CV Water Counts at the Desert Living Home Show

Stop by the CV Water Counts booth at the Desert Living Home Show. The event runs December 6 – 8, from 10:00 am, at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

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10 Reasons to Use a Reusable Water Bottle

10 Reasons to Use a Reusable Water Bottle

Let’s look at 10 Reasons to Use a Reusable Water Bottle while enjoying your refreshing tap water.

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The Value of Water

The Value of Water

Did you know that your local tap water is your most affordable drink when it comes to beverages? Did you also know that your tap water is continuously monitored and treated according to federal standards? It’s true! As a water agency, we are required to monitor daily and test weekly the systems that deliver water to your tap.

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Desert Garden Community Day – Always Something For Everyone

Desert Garden Community Day – Always Something For Everyone

The Desert Horticultural Society of Coachella Valley hosted their 14th Annual Desert Garden Community Day on October 26. This free event was held at UCR Palm Desert, in collaboration with UCR and UC Master Gardeners, and featured clinics, demonstrations, exhibits, the UCCE Master Gardener Plant Sale, kids activities, food and more! CV Water Counts provided three clinics noted below, and the available presentations can be downloaded at the links below::

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Save the Date for Water Counts Academy 2020

Save the Date for Water Counts Academy 2020

CV Water Counts is gearing up for the fourth class of the Water Counts Academy designed for community leaders in the Coachella Valley who want to learn about local water resources – the lifeblood of our valley.

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Triple Digit Temperatures Are Gone for Now in the Coachella Valley & It’s Time to Use Less Water

Triple Digit Temperatures Are Gone for Now in the Coachella Valley & It’s Time to Use Less Water

As nighttime temperatures begin to cool, gradually reduce watering times to avoid wasting water. Plants and grass do not need much water during the fall and winter seasons.

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Video: Watch These Smart Irrigation Tips!

Video: Watch These Smart Irrigation Tips!

Here are some smart irrigation tips from Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply.

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If Only She Would Have Taken a Shorter Shower

If Only She Would Have Taken a Shorter Shower

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Desert Garden Community Day 2019 | What to Know about the Annual Coachella Valley Event

Desert Garden Community Day 2019 | What to Know about the Annual Coachella Valley Event

Coming soon – on Saturday, October 26th from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm, it’s the Desert Horticultural Society of Coachella Valley’s 14th Annual Desert Garden Community Day! This free event will be held at UCR Palm Desert, in collaboration with UCR and UC Master Gardeners, and will feature clinics, demonstrations and exhibits.

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Dress Up Your Tap Water With Fruit and Herbs

Dress Up Your Tap Water With Fruit and Herbs

When it comes to staying hydrated and quenching your thirst – there isn’t anything as healthy, eco-friendly and affordable as water.

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Tales From Beyond the Drain

Tales From Beyond the Drain

If you think dish duty is scary – you should see some of the things that come out of public sewer pipes!

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Desert Community Garden Day 2019 is coming October 26

Desert Community Garden Day 2019 is coming October 26

On Saturday, October 26th from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm, the Desert Horticultural Society of Coachella Valley is proud to present the 14th Annual Desert Garden Community Day. The event will be held at UCR Palm Desert in collaboration with UCR and UC Master Gardeners. Desert Garden Community Day is a free event for the community, and features clinics, demonstrations and exhibits. This year’s theme is ‘Grow Natives’ will address community questions on everything from desert adapted plants, saving water, and creating space for native wildlife. Your friends at CV Water Counts will be there too. Don’t miss it!

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Two Dozen Vegetables to Plant by mid-October in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley

Two Dozen Vegetables to Plant by mid-October in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley

Here are a variety of vegetables, legumes and herbs that will do well when planted by mid-October in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, listed in order of their harvesting periods:

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What Would Happen if You Didn’t Drink Water?

What Would Happen if You Didn’t Drink Water?

What would happen if you didn’t drink water? Ted-Ed’s Mia Nacamulli explains.

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Skip overseeding this fall and save

Skip overseeding this fall and save

Homeowners, HOAs, businesses and golf courses are encouraged to skip overseeding this fall. Overseeding has been a longstanding practice in the Coachella Valley, but is unnecessary and can be wasteful. For those who still want to overseed, you can successfully do it without increasing irrigation if you follow Coachella Valley Water District’s (CVWD) Overseeding Without Wasting Guidelines listed below. Grass should take about 30-60 days to mature from the date of seeding when using this water-efficient method.

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Are you prepared for an earthquake in the Coachella Valley?

Are you prepared for an earthquake in the Coachella Valley?

Earthquakes are a fact of life in Southern California and our region has experienced a few recently. Being close to fault lines means we must be prepared. After a major earthquake, the water and sewer system could be unusable. Since getting water or sewer back online could be take a good deal of time, you should have water ready for drinking, cooking and hygiene.

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Where Does the Coachella Valley’s Water Come From?

Where Does the Coachella Valley’s Water Come From?

Here in the Coachella Valley, our water comes from four sources: (1) groundwater, (2) recycled water, (3) imported water from the State Water Project, and (4) the Colorado River via the Coachella Canal, a branch of the All-American Canal.

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Watch: Film shows creation of Lake Cahuilla in 1969

Watch: Film shows creation of Lake Cahuilla in 1969

Lake Cahuilla was built in 1969 by the Portland Cement Association for the Coachella Valley Water District. At the time it was the largest soil cement lined reservoir in the United States.

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Lake Cahuilla: Recreation and Reliability

Lake Cahuilla: Recreation and Reliability

With thousands of productive farm acres, hotels and resorts, golf courses, and significant commercial and residential growth, the valley’s diverse water needs are largely met by groundwater and imported water. The imported water is a significant portion of the water supply and helps conserve groundwater supply. Recreation is another great benefit of imported water.

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10 Important Pool Tips Now that Summer is Here

10 Important Pool Tips Now that Summer is Here

On June 21, 2019, summer arrived! With the heat of summer upon us, we want to remind you of some pool safety tips. Since drowning remains the leading cause of unintentional death among children aged 1 to 4 years old, let’s remember these simple steps to ensure that everyone remains safe and enjoys their lazy summer days by the pool.

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Six Things You Should Know About Water Leaks In Your Home

Six Things You Should Know About Water Leaks In Your Home

According to a recent survey by Chubb, the insurance firm, most of us don’t think about shutting off the water main when we go away on vacation. Just this one small step could save you from the mess, cost and inconvenience of water damage when you return. According to the firm, water damage accounts for more claims than fire and theft. Too see how much you know, check out the brief quiz below.

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Five Common Sense Tips to Save Water with Your Irrigation

Five Common Sense Tips to Save Water with Your Irrigation

Here are five common sense tips you can use to save water with your irrigation:

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July is Smart Irrigation Month

July is Smart Irrigation Month

July is Smart Irrigation Month! Smart Irrigation Month is all about efficient and wise water use for irrigation, landscaping and agricultural.

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The Story of the Coachella Valley’s Drinking Water

The Story of the Coachella Valley’s Drinking Water

Where does drinking water come from in the Coachella Valley? Well, our drinking water comes from a natural groundwater basin, also known as an aquifer. If you take a closer look at an aquifer, it would look like wet sand and gravel in an underground basin with layers. Sand and gravel allow water to fill the spaces between the sand particles underneath a clay layer.

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What’s in Your Drinking Water? Find Out in the Annual Drinking Water Quality Report.

What’s in Your Drinking Water? Find Out in the Annual Drinking Water Quality Report.

Each year, by July 1st, thanks to the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act, water agencies provide a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) also known as an Annual Drinking Water Quality Report.  These reports provide customers a general overview of the water quality for the preceding calendar year. Keep your eye out for a notification from your water provider regarding the 2018 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report.

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An update on the California Drought

An update on the California Drought

For the first time since December 2011 (the most intense period of the drought was October 2014), the number of California residents in drought is zero.

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Water Conservation In the Coachella Valley | An Overview

Water Conservation In the Coachella Valley | An Overview

The Coachella Valley is comprised of approximately 1,320 square miles, or 844,800 acres. Part of an extremely arid region, our valley receives on average 3-4 inches of rainfall per year.

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Videos | Tips and Tricks for Common Sprinkler Issues

Videos | Tips and Tricks for Common Sprinkler Issues

Having issues with your sprinklers? Gary’s Sprinkler Repair has several videos that can help you with your situation. Plus, be sure to check your water agency for sprinkler nozzle replacement rebates.

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Achieve Water Efficiency in Your Landscape This Summer

Achieve Water Efficiency in Your Landscape This Summer

Better water-efficiency practices can keep water and maintenance costs down. You can meet your water budget or water-use goals by reducing water waste outside your home.

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Key Claims Dismissed in Agua Caliente’s Case Against Water Agencies

Key Claims Dismissed in Agua Caliente’s Case Against Water Agencies

Court says water agencies have not harmed the Tribe A federal court announced on Friday, April 19, 2019 that the Agua Caliente Tribe was not harmed because it has always had access to as much high-quality water as it needs. The judge ruled that the Tribe does not have standing, the right to pursue a lawsuit against the local public water agencies, Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) and Desert Water Agency (DWA). The only claim remaining in the Tribe’s lawsuit is the “narrow issue” of whether the Tribe has an ownership interest in storage space for groundwater under its reservation, the court wrote.

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Investing Today for Water Tomorrow

Investing Today for Water Tomorrow

With pipelines and pumps out of the public purview, there is often not much attention given to water utilities until a main breaks or water disruption occurs.

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8 Things You Didn’t Know About Water in the Coachella Valley

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Water in the Coachella Valley

Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about water in the Coachella Valley:

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A Season for Butterflies

A Season for Butterflies

After a very wet winter, the Coachella Valley was inundated with small orange and brown butterflies. Those Painted Ladies fluttered through in near-record numbers on their short migratory path. It was a wonder that had people talking – and made some drivers anxious – for weeks. While the numbers have dwindled, the interest in pollinators hasn’t.

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FIX A LEAK WEEK | HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

FIX A LEAK WEEK | HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Fix a Leak Week, presented annually by the Environmental Protection Agency, takes place this year from March 18 through 24. CV Water Counts encourages all to participate by finding and fixing leaks in or around your home.

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A FEW SIMPLE WAYS TO CHECK IF YOU HAVE A LEAK

A FEW SIMPLE WAYS TO CHECK IF YOU HAVE A LEAK

There are things you can do on your own to see if you have a leak. Here are a few simple things you can do:

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CV WATER COUNTS SPOKESPERSON, SPLASH, UNVEILS LATEST VIDEO OF TIPS

CV WATER COUNTS SPOKESPERSON, SPLASH, UNVEILS LATEST VIDEO OF TIPS
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WATER COUNTS ACADEMY: A COURSE WORTH TAKING

WATER COUNTS ACADEMY: A COURSE WORTH TAKING

Like many Valley residents, I have come to realize that there is a lot I don’t know about water use in here in the Coachella Valley that I should know. Are my HOA’s water bills destined to keep going up and up endlessly? Is spending money on turf conversion worthwhile and, if so, how do we determine where best to do it? Who do we talk to about rebates? Are we using recycled water in the valley?

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Colorado River Basin Drought May Impact the Coachella Valley

Colorado River Basin Drought May Impact the Coachella Valley

Most people realize the impact local weather conditions have on the water supply for the Coachella Valley, but many don’t consider that drought conditions thousands of miles away also impact our water.

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Daily Differences Lead to Major Solutions for Coachella Valley’s Long-Term Water Supply

Daily Differences Lead to Major Solutions for Coachella Valley’s Long-Term Water Supply

Imagine saving more than 40 billion gallons of water! To put that in perspective, that is an entire year’s supply of water for more than 130,000 people. And since 2015, the Coachella Valley has done just that, allowing local water agencies to save more water in the aquifer for future use.

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CV Water Counts Makes Conserving Fun!

CV Water Counts Makes Conserving Fun!

Most of us living in California are well aware of the need to conserve water, especially living here in our desert. One of the key goals of CV Water Counts is to encourage individuals, businesses and organizations to be aware that “Every Drop Counts.”

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‘Drought-Look 2019’ | Where is California and the Coachella Valley on drought going into 2019?

‘Drought-Look 2019’ | Where is California and the Coachella Valley on drought going into 2019?

It’s a new year! Where is California and the Coachella Valley on drought?

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The Cost of Saving Water

The Cost of Saving Water

While conservation is essential, an entire industry is still adjusting to a “new-normal” revenue model as a direct impact of its success in reducing water use across the state. The reality is that our water and wastewater systems were not designed with conservation in mind. Rather, they were designed with public health and safety in mind.

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Water Really Does Count!

Water Really Does Count!

People are interested in water like never before, especially in California. With all the ups and downs in the industry in recent years – drought, floods, conservation, new laws and regulations – it can be confusing. Water agencies love that people are interested in water! The more we can teach people about how the water industry works, the better they will understand their role, and ours, as participants in the water community. This is one reason CV Water Counts – a collaborative of the five public water purveyors and one mutual water district in the Coachella Valley – created the Water Counts Academy.

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Video: Nature is Here with Some Advice for Humans

Video: Nature is Here with Some Advice for Humans

Here’s a fun video with some helpful tips for saving water.

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Let’s talk about mulch!

Let’s talk about mulch!

Many of the plants in your landscape naturally go dormant during the winter months and use this time to rest and build up energy for the spring growing season. Now is a great time to reapply mulch 3-4 inches deep around trees, shrubs and other landscaping plants, including for those in pots or containers.

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Chase Down Leaks: Take the 10 Minute WaterSense Challenge

Chase Down Leaks: Take the 10 Minute WaterSense Challenge

Did you know that toilets account for about 25% of all water used inside the home and that toilet leaks are the most common type of leak found indoors? But, don’t forget to check those dripping faucets and showerheads. Even a slow leak at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 250 gallons a month. Learn more about how to find and fix leaks in your home by taking the Take the 10 Minute WaterSense Challenge.

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Cooler Temperatures Call for Less Water on Your Landscaping

Cooler Temperatures Call for Less Water on Your Landscaping

As nighttime temperatures begin to cool, gradually reduce watering times to avoid wasting water. Plants and grass do not need much water during the fall and winter seasons.

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Save the Date for Water Counts Academy 2019

Save the Date for Water Counts Academy 2019

CV Water Counts is gearing up for the third class of the Water Counts Academy designed for current and emerging leaders in the Coachella Valley who want to learn about the lifeblood of our valley — its water resources.

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Five ways to help Keep Your Community’s Sewer Systems Clear and Active

Five ways to help Keep Your Community’s Sewer Systems Clear and Active

Here are five ways to help keep your community’s sewer systems clear and active.

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Install Efficient Rotator Sprinklers to Save Water and Money

Install Efficient Rotator Sprinklers to Save Water and Money

Here’s a short video to show you how you can have a healthy lawn by using 30% less water.

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Join CV Water Counts for ‘Innovations in Irrigation’ at Desert Garden Community Day

Join CV Water Counts for ‘Innovations in Irrigation’ at Desert Garden Community Day

As part of Desert Garden Community Day, Saturday, October 27, CV Water Counts will lead a free session titled “Innovations in Irrigation.” The presentation will include experts discussing the latest technology from new generation nozzles to smart controllers that use real-time data from weather stations to know when to use more water or less. The presentation will also touch on emerging technology like apps that let you control watering from your smart phone.

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Video: Imagine a Day Without Water

Video: Imagine a Day Without Water

Water is essential to our lives. But can you imagine a day without water?

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Water Professionals Appreciation Week: thank workers and promote careers in water

Water Professionals Appreciation Week: thank workers and promote careers in water

When people turn on their faucet at home for a glass of drinking water or to shower, not much thought goes into where the water comes from or how the water gets to them.

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10 Water Saving Tips That are Easier Than You Thought

10 Water Saving Tips That are Easier Than You Thought

California may no longer be in a drought, but it’s still important to conserve water so future generations can benefit from a reliable water supply.

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