Desert Water Agency responds to the state's historic drought

Agency enacts new tougher rules to conserve water during statewide crisis

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Water restrictions started Tuesday in Palm Springs and other areas served by the Desert Water Agency.

State drought measures require Californians and water agencies to reduce water use.

The board of the Desert Water Agency discussed water restrictions affecting Palm Springs and parts of Cathedral City at its July 15 meeting.

Under the rules:

   -- Drinking water will not be served in restaurants unless it is requested;

   -- Washing hard surfaces, such a driveways and patios, is prohibited

   -- Cars can only be washed using hoses with automatic shut-off nozzles;

   -- Commercial nurseries will be allowed to water plants between midnight and 6 a.m.;

   -- Parks, golf courses, and schools will be watered only at night; and

   -- Watering lawns or construction sites to keep dust down will be permitted between 5 p.m. and 10 a.m.;

Exceptions may be made for health and safety reasons, and recycled water users are exempt.

Coachella Valley Water District spokeswoman Heather Engel said the agency's board will consider a similar action at its Aug. 12 meeting. 

That district covers most of the rest of the Coachella Valley.

For more information on Desert Water Agency's restrictions, go to http://www.dwa.org.

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