Desert Water Agency: Water use declined in 2013

January 21st, 2014 | by Ian James | Comments

While the state is coping with a worsening drought, Desert Water Agency is touting what it calls a bit of good news in water conservation efforts: Average water consumption among the agency’s customers declined 4 percent in 2013.

Desert Water Agency President Craig Ewing pointed out the statistic during a meeting Tuesday, noting a 6 percent reduction in water use during the fourth quarter of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012.

The desert of the Coachella Valley has long had higher per-capita levels of water usage than many areas of the state, in part due to heavy outdoor water use. Desert Water Agency, one of five public water agencies in the valley, supplies areas including Palm Springs and parts of Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs.

The DWA board plans to consider ways of boosting conservation measures. The agency also will hold a workshop to discuss the drought and water conservation efforts on Feb. 22. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Room Mesquite B.

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