Coachella Valley water districts remain among top water users

Sprinklers are seen watering grass behind the bleachers at Palm Springs Stadium in Palm Springs, Calif., Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

Coachella Valley water districts once again were among California’s top water users in May, although some are making progress on conservation.

Just two of the six water agencies serving the Coachella Valley decreased their cumulative water use from July 2021-May 2022 compared to the corresponding months in 2020, according to data released by the State Water Resources Control Board last week.

Myoma Dunes Water Company, which serves Bermuda Dunes and a corner of La Quinta, was down by 5.4%, and Mission Springs Water District, which serves Desert Hot Springs, was down by 0.7%. In July 2021, Gov. Gavin Newsom called for Californians to reduce water usage by 15% compared to 2020 levels.

The other four water agencies all increased their cumulative water use compared to 2020. Local agencies have taken issue with the use of 2020 as a baseline, since the Coachella Valley’s seasonal population and tourism were impacted by the pandemic that year, resulting in fewer visitors and less water use than normal.

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