Free smart controllers available for CVWD customers
Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) is now offering free smart controllers for residential customers to help people conserve water when irrigating.
In addition, CVWD is offering smart controllers at half-price for large landscape irrigation and offering rebates up to $4 each to cover the cost of new generation irrigation nozzles.
CVWD has budgeted nearly $1.4 million in fiscal year 2014-15 for conservation programs, also including:
- Turf rebates. Residents can receive $1 a square foot, up to $1,000 per project (maximum two projects), for converting grass lawns to desert-friendly landscaping. Commercial/large landscape customers can receive up to $25,000 per project.
- Free indoor water conservation kits. The kits include a leak detection guide, a kitchen swivel aerator, a water-efficient handheld shower head, leak detection tablets and other water-saving items.
- High-efficiency toilet rebates. Residents can receive $100 rebates for installing a high-efficiency toilet (maximum two per home). Commercial establishments, such as hotels, can receive a rebate of half the cost of installing these water-efficient toilets.
- Outreach to restaurants. Colorful table tents are being provided free to restaurants so they can let their customers know that tap water will be served only upon request.
- Outreach to businesses and institutions. A program will be created to distribute free pre-rinse nozzles and water broom sets to restaurants, schools and other commercial, institutional or industrial customers.
The rebates and free items are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The programs are meant to help Coachella Valley residents meet new CVWD water use restrictions, which were approved by the board at its Aug.12 board meeting. The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) required districts to adopt such restrictions because California is in one of the worst droughts in state history
For additional information about CVWD’s conservation programs and the new water use restrictions, visit www.cvwd.org.
The Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of directors. The district provides domestic and irrigation water, agricultural drainage, wastewater treatment and reclamation services, regional storm water protection, groundwater management and water conservation. It serves approximately 108,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, located primarily in Riverside County, but also in portions of Imperial and San Diego counties. For more information, please visit www.cvwd.org.
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