A water truck sprays water at the Millineum Palm Desert construction project, August 28, 2015.

Right now, there are at least three dozen signs around the Coachella Valley commanding viewers, “If you see dust coming from this project, call.” Many people have heeded that order. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), which sets rules to limit air pollution, the majority of complaints they get from the Coachella Valley are about construction sites.

Dust control remains a priority because it contributes to air pollution, a prominent public health concern in the desert. The trouble is the easiest way to quell that dust is to use another resource under scrutiny: water.

“Trust me, we’d rather not be spending the money and the time and the manpower to be wetting everything down for dust control,” said Mark Bradshaw, president of Mark Bradshaw Construction. “But otherwise the dust gets into the air.”

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