The valley’s six public agencies have worked with each other for decades. But 14 years ago, they formed the Coachella Valley Regional Water Management Group to:
- Reduce water demand
- Increase our region’s water supply
- Improve regional water quality
- Serve as stewards of our shared water resource
- Improve efficiency and flexibility
Out of this formation was an Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Plan, in which one of the objectives was and still is to provide reliable water supply needs for residential and commercial, agricultural and tourism communities and to maximize local supply opportunities, including water conservation. Out of this plan was born a regional conservation program. Using lessons learned from a customer survey where 65% of those surveyed stated they could do more to conserve water, the group launched the conservation website CVWaterCounts.com, with the goals of (1) creating awareness of the need to conserve water, and (2) educating Coachella Valley residents, business, and government on how to improve water efficiency.
CVWaterCounts.com offers information on our local water agencies and the rebates they offer, conservation tips, a handy outdoor watering guide, and much, much more.
Conserving Water In and Around Your Home
Did you know that most water used in the Coachella Valley – more than 70% – is outdoors? That’s right. Make sure you’re doing what you can in the yard to stop water waste. For a list of what all you can do to be more water-wise outdoors, visit our Conservation Tips page.
Toilets account for about 25% of all water used inside the home and 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. You can learn more about how to find and fix leaks in your home by taking the EPA.gov 10 Minute WaterSense Challenge.
Water Saving Tip for the Holiday Season
Did you know that you can recycle your live Christmas tree? Most Valley solid waste service providers have a Christmas Tree Recycling program. By recycling your Christmas tree, you are doing your part to reduce the amount of material in the landfill and help the environment by giving your holiday tree a second life as compost, mulch or wood chips. Remember, all ornaments, lights and stands must be removed. Make tree recycling a part of your post-holiday tradition. It is an easy way for you to “Go Green” with your Christmas tree.
Check out this short video to find out more about recycling your Christmas tree – and the benefits of mulch.
Winter is one of the easiest times to save water and money. For the top tips to save water indoors and out during cooler months, visit our Conservation Tips page.