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Mission Statement

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Water Usages

Water Usages

PSUSD & WATER

The best way to teach is to lead by example.  PSUSD is striving to do its part to comply with the state-set mandate to reduce water consumption.  Finding the perfect balance is not easy as we work to stay within the state mandates, and at the same time, provide safe athletic and play fields for our energetic students.  Since March 2015, we have reduced our water usage by approximately 27%.

 

A LITTLE ABOUT US

Palm Springs Unified School District serves over 22,500 students in Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Rancho Mirage, Thousand Palms and Palm Desert.  Our 30 sites are served by three water districts: Coachella Valley Water District, Desert Water Agency and Mission Springs Water District. 

 

REPORT WATER WASTE

We can use your help!  If you see something, please say something.  Email us at bewaterwise@psusd.us to let us know if you see any water or irrigation issues which need our attention. Please include location as well as the date and time so we can more quickly resolve issues. 

 

 

WHAT WE ARE DOING

  • Water efficient plumbing fixtures are being installed in all of our new construction, modernization and retrofits projects.
  • When and where possible, we are removing or, in the case of new construction or modernization, not installing grass and installing desert friendly xeriscape.  We are reserving grass for playfields, athletic areas and significant congregation areas only. 
  • Our irrigation timing systems are being upgraded with the latest technology with weather stations and flow sensors. 
  • Continually monitoring and maintaining our irrigation in top condition and minimize broken heads, lines and waste.
  • Overseeding has been reduced to high use athletic fields only.

 

Word of the day: XERISCAPE (zeer-i-skeyp)

  1. Environmental design of residential, school and park land using various methods for minimizing the need for water use.  In simple terms, landscape alternatives to traditional grass. 

 

The picture is an example of a recent turf removal project at the corner of Baristo Road and Farrell Road, just north of the stadium at Palm Springs High School.  Feel free to stop by and check it out.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Question: Why don’t you use more Reclaimed Water?

Answer: Reclaimed water is provided by the local water agencies depending on existing infrastructure (or pipes in the ground) and availability.  We use as much as can be offered to us for our needs.  A significant portion of reclaimed water is used at nearby golf courses. 

 

Question: Why are your fields so green if we are in a drought?

Answer: We are doing our best to stay within the drought mandates.  However, our fields are an extension of our classrooms and it is imperative that they are safe for our students.  Dry, dead fields create hazardous environments for our students participating in physical education and athletic programs.

 

Question: Why don’t you use synthetic turf fields which don’t use water?

Answer: Due to the extreme temperatures in the Coachella Valley, the synthetic fields surface temperature is much hotter than standard turf, even after water is applied.  Due to the heat they generate, they are hard to keep comfortable and safe for our students.

 

RESOURCES

Coachella Valley Water District

Desert Water Agency

Mission Springs Water District

California Department of Water Resources

 

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Information and how to conserve - Save Our Water – The California Lifestyle

Water Education Materials

California Emergency Conservation Regulation

All About Water

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)

Water Education Foundation

H2Ouse Water Saver Home

Desert Friendly Plans

Great Plants for the Coachella Valley