Water conservation

How we’ve saved 60 billion gallons of water since 2015

Most of us, especially those of us who live in the desert, know that water is a precious resource.

We are very fortunate to have high quality local water resources just below us – the Coachella Valley Groundwater Basin, or aquifer. And we are investing in recycled water and using water from the Colorado River for agriculture and irrigation to reduce demand on the aquifer.

We have had very wet and very dry years since the last drought, but one thing remains constant: Using less water is the key to sustainability.

Since the state’s drought-fighting mandate began in June 2015, the six local Coachella Valley water agencies have been monitoring water savings. And we did well. Over the past six years, residents and businesses of Coachella Valley have saved over 60 billion gallons of water.

To give you an idea of ​​how much it is:

  • 1/40 of the Salton Sea
  • 1.2 billion tubs (50 gallons per bath) or 2,400 baths per valley resident
  • 90,850 Olympic swimming pools (660,430 gallons per pool)
  • 1.5 billion loads of laundry (40 gallons per load) or 3,000 loads per valley resident
  • 384 billion venti lattes (20 oz) or 768,000 per inhabitant of the valley
  • 480 billion pints of beer, or 960,000 pints per valley resident

That’s a lot of water.

We were able to achieve this result because many of us have made water saving changes – both outside and inside – that will benefit our valley for years to come. However, much remains to be done to maintain this level of water savings.

Landscaping is the largest use of water for homes and businesses. In our desert, about 70% of our water consumption is done outdoors, in our lawns and gardens. It is therefore important to make sure that we water our garden responsibly and check regularly for leaks.

Inside, there are many ways to keep saving: only run our washing machine and dishwasher when they are full; take shorter showers; repair drops and leaks as soon as they occur; and upgrading our devices to more water efficient models.

Xochitl Peña

We, the water agencies in the valley, are here to help everyone continue to save water. Our mission is to provide, protect and preserve our most precious resource: water. To this end, several years ago we came together as CV Water Counts to promote the importance of a permanent and water-friendly way of life. As part of these efforts, we provide the tools and information necessary for efficient water use.

Since the last drought, the CV Water Counts team has worked to raise awareness and actively participate in water conservation through a number of initiatives. These included launching an ‘academy’ for those interested in learning more about water, organizing and participating in various community and educational events, rewarding students for their winning conservation posters and videos, and more.

The team also recently launched a robust new website that is both educational and fun. And each has worked to develop discounts and a variety of programs – both exterior and interior – that help customers save money. Responsible use of water helps you keep your bills as low as possible and helps ensure that a reliable water supply is available for generations to come.

If you want to learn more about how you can save water, visit CVwatercounts.com.

Xochitl Peña is the Outreach Specialist for Desert Water Agency. Email him at [email protected]

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