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Environment

Palm Springs leads the way in water conservation

DWA and CV Water Counts recognize city for significant water savings.

| | Originally posted on www.americantowns.com

The City of Palm Springs is leading the way in the Coachella Valley when it comes to water conservation. At Desert Water Agency’s July 18th meeting, the DWA Board of Directors and CV Water Counts, a partnership of all five public water agencies serving the Coachella Valley, recognized the City for converting 50,000 square feet of turf to desert landscaping at the Tahquitz Creek Public Golf Course, giving visibility to more sustainable native landscape. Additionally, a special award was given to the City for water savings during the statewide drought, due in large part to the City Council’s 2013 approval of a citywide Energy Saving Project that included replacement of all irrigation controllers.

Since 2015, the City has significantly reduced municipal water consumption by 28.5 percent compared to 2013. Overall, much of the City’s saving was seen through adjusted irrigation schedules and reduced turf areas. The reduction is above the agency-wide average and equates to approximately 234 million gallons of water, enough to fill more than 469,000 fire trucks. In fact, during the mandatory conservation period from January 2014 through April 2017, Desert Water Agency customers saved a cumulative 24 percent.

“The City Council takes water conservation seriously and we are delighted that our efforts are proving effective and leading to significant water savings,” said City Manager David H. Ready. “A big thank you to Palm Springs residents and businesses who have joined with us in preserving this precious resource. We could not do it without them.”

About 70 to 80 percent of DWA customers’ water use occurs outdoors. Properties can use an average of 30 percent less water when converted to water-efficient landscaping – and water saving can be more significant through the summer months. In addition, since the inception of DWA’s turf buy-back program participants have replaced over 1.5 million square feet of turf with attractive desertcape.

DWA offers a variety of outdoor water savings programs and rebates. For more information, visit www.dwa.org