The crop factors had not been updated for decades. Minor adjustments had been done to add new crops. Many advances had occurred in agricultural water use and were being used by the community. It needed modernizing to reflect best watering practices and modern farming techniques.
Ultimately the Board of Directors approved the change Sept. 22, 2015. Prior to presenting to the Board, District staff submitted the proposed Table of Average Users to the Santa Clara County Farm Bureau which reviewed the updates and considered them reasonable. The Board’s Agricultural Advisory Committee also reviewed and approved the Table in February 2015.