In Coachella Valley, Water Customers Still Using About 3 Times the State Average Per Person

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.

How the Desert Gets Water, Imperial Irrigation and Coachella Valley Water Districts

The Colorado River provides water to seven states in the western part of the country and serves about 40 million people, including Southern California.

But as of Tuesday, the Bureau of Reclamation is urging three major water districts, including the Imperial Irrigation and Coachella Valley Water Districts, to cut back by mid-August.

So, how does a desert even get its water in the first place?