The Coachella Valley’s six water agencies are part of a regional collaborative group, CV Water Counts. A recent tally of water savings from June of 2015 – the implementation date of the State’s drought mandate – to present resulted with great news for the Coachella Valley! Residents and businesses have been water wise and have saved more than 50 billion gallons of water. The savings are calculated over approximately 4.5 years and based on an average Coachella Valley population of 500,000.
To put the water savings into context, 50 billion gallons equals approximately:
- 1 billion bathtubs (50 gallons per bath) or 2,000 baths per person
- 1,250 million loads of laundry (40 gallons per load) or 2,500 loads of laundry per person
- 320 billion venti lattes (20 oz) or 640,000 venti lattes per person
- 400 billion pints of beer or 800,000 pints of beer per person
Many residents and businesses have come to realize that water is a precious resource, and that conservation is a way of life. Many have made permanent water-saving changes that will benefit our valley for years to come. Mission Springs Water District’s mission is to provide, protect and preserve our most valuable resource – water. With our partners on the CV Water Counts team, we are regionally committed to promoting a permanent water-wise lifestyle in the valley.
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. Having a local water supply does not mean we can afford to be irresponsible with our water use. It is important that we all work together to preserve and protect our water supply. This means investing in recycled water and using Colorado River water to reduce demand on the aquifer. It also means empowering our greatest ally – you, the local water user – by giving you the tools and information you need to use water efficiently. Responsible water use helps you keep your bills as low as possible, while ensuring that a reliable water supply is available for future generations.
Landscaping is the largest water use for homes and businesses. 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. Each water district has worked to develop rebates – both outdoors and indoors – that best suit its customers. Some rebates are funded through grants unique to each district. Local agencies have a variety of programs and incentives that help customers save.
To find out more about how you can protect our most precious resource, visit cvwatercounts.com.
CV Water Counts is a non-profit collaborative that was formed to focus on water conservation, through awareness and education to Coachella Valley residents, businesses and government. It is comprised of the Coachella Valley’s six water agencies: City of Coachella/Coachella Water Authority (CWA), Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD), Desert Water Agency (DWA), City of Indio/Indio Water Authority (IWA), Mission Springs Water District (MSWD) and Myoma Dunes Water Company (MDWC).