Residents: CA Mandatory Water Restrictions/Fines Now In Effect

Coachella Valley Water District's (CVWD) Board of Directors approved mandatory restrictions on water use.

The board is fulfilling a requirement by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) that CVWD adopt a water shortage contingency plan. SWRCB issued its water restrictions on July 15, resulting from what is among the worst droughts in California history. CVWD's restrictions, which incorporate the state mandates for domestic water use, effect residents in the following ways:

- You may only Irrigate lawns and other landscaping only after sunset and before 10 a.m., except when overseeding or performing maintenance.
- Use must use CVWD drought watering guide to irrigate:
- You must repair broken sprinklers within 24 hours of being notified.
 - You may not wash down driveways, sidewalk and other hardscapes.
- You may wash vehicles and windows only if using a hose with a shutoff nozzle.
- You must prevent runoff onto a neighbor's property or hardscape such as sidewalks or roads.
- Fountains or other water features must recirculate water.

Fines will be imposed for not complying with the restrictions. The first violation will result in a written warning; the second violation will result in a $50 fine on the water bill; the third violation will result in a $100 fine on the water bill; the fourth violation will result in a $200 fine on the water bill.

Residents will need to comply with these restrictions