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Dec. 1, 2022

As we continue to see rainfall today, please remember to turn off your sprinklers. Valley Water's enforcement ordinance prohibits the watering of outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours of rainfall. Learn more at watersavings.org

Although we are experiencing a severe drought emergency, we must be prepared for the potential of flooding this winter. Please be aware if your home or business is in a Special Flood Hazard Area. We advise you to take the proper precautions for future storms. Visit valleywater.org/floodready to learn more. 

 

Nov. 16, 2022

Thank you to everyone in Santa Clara County for saying YES to saving water. In the latest drought report, countywide water savings was 13% in September 2022 compared to September 2019. While that falls short of our Board of Directors’ monthly goal of 15%, it still shows significant savings compared to September of last year. Santa Clara County had a 16% water savings in July and August.  

Valley Water is asking everyone to make a difference in their community and say YES to saving water. Find water conservation tips, tools, programs and rebates at watersavings.org.   

 

Oct. 14, 2022

Thank you to everyone in Santa Clara County for saying YES to saving water. In the latest drought report for August, countywide water savings was 16% in August 2022 compared to August 2019, meeting the Board of Directors’ monthly goal. This follows July’s water savings, also 16%.

Valley Water is asking everyone to make a difference in their community and say YES to saving water. Find water conservation tips, tools, programs and rebates at watersavings.org.   

 

 

Sept. 30, 2022

Thank you to everyone in Santa Clara County for saying YES to saving water. In the latest drought report for July, countywide water savings was 16% in July 2022 compared to July 2019, meeting the Board of Directors' monthly goal.

Valley Water is asking everyone to make a difference in their community and say YES to saving water. Find water conservation tips, tools, programs and rebates at watersavings.org.   

 

Aug. 17, 2022

Water savings in Santa Clara County is trending in the right direction with water use down in June compared to May. Countywide water savings was 9% in June 2022 compared to June 2019. To see the full August drought report, go to beheard.valleywater.org/drought-information.

Valley Water is asking everyone to make a difference in their community and “Say Yes to Saving Water.” Find water conservation tips, tools, programs and rebates at watersavings.org.  

 

July 19, 2022

Water savings in the county is trending in the right direction with water savings in May greater than in April. Countywide water savings was 2% in May 2022 compared to May 2019. To see the full July drought report go to beheard.valleywater.org/drought-information.

Valley Water is asking everyone to “Say Yes to Saving Water.” Find water conservation tips, tools, programs and rebates at watersavings.org.  

 

June 10, 2022

Santa Clara County is enduring a third consecutive year of drought with record-dry conditions in 2022. Our water supplies are in jeopardy, especially if next winter is also dry. We must reduce our water use immediately to ensure we have enough safe, clean drinking water in the future.

To help meet our conservation goals and address this drought emergency, Valley Water’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a program to enforce the restrictions on outdoor watering in Santa Clara County, which includes the potential for fines.  

The enforcement program would impose restrictions on outdoor water use by residents and businesses, and includes fines for those who ignore repeated notices to correct violations. The prohibitions apply to properties in Santa Clara County that receive water supplied by Valley Water directly or indirectly.

This program went into effect June 1, 2022, and enforces Valley Water’s restriction by encouraging the public to report the following instances of water waste to Valley Water:

  • Watering ornamental lawns more than two days a week.
  • Watering any outdoor landscape between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Any outdoor watering that results in excessive runoff onto adjacent properties, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures.
  • Watering outdoors during and within 48 hours of a storm that produces at least one-quarter of an inch of rain.

Our enforcement program will complement the existing enforcement programs of our water retailers. You can find your water retailer by visiting the Valley Water website. This enforcement program does not apply to sports fields and grass areas that are regularly used for recreational, school, civic and community events.  

To report water waste you can:

  1. Download our Access Valley Water app or go to Access Valley Water and select the "Conserve Water & Save with Rebates" category, or search "water waste" in the search bar.
  2. Call (408) 630-2000
  3. Email [email protected]

Please include photos, cross-streets, and landmarks with water waste reports whenever possible.

 

May 13, 2022

Santa Clara County is in a severe drought emergency. Valley Water is sending text messages to everyone urging people to say “yes” to saving water. For helpful tips, tools and rebates, visit watersavings.org.

May 11, 2022

With the driest start to the year on record, water savings in Santa Clara County have trended in the wrong direction in 2022. Santa Clara County met the Board’s call of a 15% reduction in water use in October and November 2021 compared to 2019. But February and March of 2022 have seen 23% and 30% increases.

In April 2022, the Board of Directors responded with a unanimous vote to restrict outdoor watering to no more than two days a week. Recommendations for enforcing these restrictions with financial penalties for those who do not comply via an ordinance are being developed for Board approval in late May.  

Valley Water continues to encourage our communities to keep conserving water. Valley Water offers tips, tools and rebates to help you reduce water use and protect our water supply. Find out more at watersavings.org.

 

April 20, 2022

Santa Clara County and much of California are enduring a third year of drought. The region and state experienced the driest January through March on record, further threatening our water supplies.

State and local reservoir levels are well below normal. The snowpack measured on April 1 in the Sierra Nevada was the fifth smallest on record, which significantly impacts the amount of imported water Santa Clara County will receive this year.

Because of these conditions, the Valley Water Board of Directors unanimously voted on April 13, 2022, to restrict the watering of lawns and ornamental landscapes in Santa Clara to no more than two days a week. The Board of Directors also voted to prohibit watering during the warmest parts of the day (for example, no irrigation between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.)

By watering at night and in the early morning, there will be a decreased chance of losing water to evaporation, especially during hot afternoons in the summer and fall.

Typically, outdoor water use represents about half of household water use. Valley Water believes Santa Clara County can achieve a 15% reduction this year if everyone limits outdoor watering to no more than twice a week.

Valley Water, as a countywide wholesale water and groundwater management agency, relies on local retailers (municipalities such as the City of Sunnyvale and private companies such as San Jose Water) to deliver water to homes and businesses throughout the county. You can find your water retailer here.

 

 

Feb. 9, 2022

Santa Clara County saw one of the driest stretches of weather on record in January and into February of 2022. This is impacting the local and state water supply, even after a great start to our wet season.

This is a reminder that we remain in a severe drought and a dry spring could put our water supplies at greater risk.   

That’s why we continue to encourage our communities to keep conserving water. Valley Water offers tips, tools and rebates to help you make a difference by conserving water and helping protect our water supply. Find out more at watersavings.org.

In December 2021, Santa Clara County had the sixth-lowest water-use December since 1995. However, water use was still up 3% compared to December 2019, which was the third-lowest water use month since 1995. This follows two consecutive months of Santa Clara County exceeding Valley Water’s Board of Director’s goal of 15% water-use reduction compared to 2019. We thank those who continue to conserve water during this severe drought.

 

Jan. 19, 2022 

Santa Clara County and California saw record levels of rain and snow in December. This is a great start to our wet season; however, we remain in a severe drought. 2022 has been dry and we don’t know what to expect for the next few months.

That’s why we continue to encourage our communities to keep up the great work conserving water. Valley Water offers tips, tools and rebates to help you make a difference by conserving water and helping protect our water supply. Find out more at watersavings.org.

In November, Santa Clara County exceeded Valley Water’s call to reduce water use by 15% compared to 2019. Valley Water’s retailers reported a 20% water use reduction in November 2021 compared to November 2019. This follows a 16% water use reduction in October. We thank jurisdictions and the community for helping us achieve the goal.

 

Dec. 13, 2021 

After months of progress, Santa Clara County met Valley Water’s call to reduce water use by 15% compared to 2019. Valley Water’s retailers used 16% less water in October 2021 compared to October 2019. We thank jurisdictions and the community for helping us achieve the goal of a 15% reduction in water use countywide.

Valley Water anticipates that consistently maintaining a 15% reduction in water use each month will be challenging. We encourage our communities to keep up the great work in using less water during this extreme drought.

One of the easiest ways to save water is by turning off all outdoor irrigation when it rains. Valley Water also offers tips, tools and rebates to help you make small and big changes that can make a difference and help protect our water supply. Find out more at watersavings.org.

 

Nov. 16, 2021 

Santa Clara County used 7% less water in Sept. 2021 compared to Sept. 2019. While this is progress, more water conservation is needed to meet the Valley Water Board of Director’s call for a 15% reduction in water use.

One of the easiest ways to save water is by turning off all outdoor irrigation when it rains. Valley Water also offers tips, tools and rebates to help you make small and big changes that can make a difference and help protect our water supply. Find out more at watersavings.org.

Oct. 21, 2021

Valley Water Board Chair Tony Estremera statement on upcoming weekend storms and continued drought

As this weekend’s storms approach, my fellow Board Members and I would like to remind Santa Clara County that we will continue to be in a drought emergency once the storm passes. While some parts of Santa Clara County may see significant rainfall totals, it is not nearly enough to end the drought.

We must continue to conserve water whenever possible.

We’re all looking forward to receiving the much-needed rain. However, for the drought to end, our region would need several more storms to fill our local reservoirs and produce enough snowpack in the Sierra Nevada to fill state and federal reservoirs. These reservoirs, along with ongoing snowmelt and runoff through the summer, provide Santa Clara County with about half of our yearly water supply.

With this early-season rain, we’d like to remind residents to turn off their sprinklers for the rest of the week. And as we approach the winter months, please dial-back your watering schedule as plants don’t need as much water in cooler weather.

We’d like to thank the Santa Clara community for continuing to reduce their water use over the course of the last several months. While we’ve made great progress in this effort, we still have work to do.

Conservation is just one tool we are using to contend with drought. Valley Water is leading the way out of drought through technology. One solution we must take advantage of is expanding our use of purified water, a drought-resilient and locally controlled source.

Although we are experiencing a drought emergency, we must be prepared for the potential of flooding this winter. As we continue into the wet season, please be aware if your home or business is in a Special Flood Hazard Area. We advise you to take the proper precautions for future storms.

For conservation tips, tools, and rebates visit watersavings.org.

To find out if your home or business is in a Special Flood Hazard Area visit valleywater.org/floodready.

 

 

Sept. 29, 2021

Santa Clara County is in an extreme and exceptional drought and Valley Water can help you save water. Please check out our BeHeard Drought and Water Conservation | Be Heard Valley Water page to get updated information on water conservation tips, Valley Water’s rebate programs, information about your drought retailer and frequently asked questions.

 

July 8, 2021

Valley Water Board Chair Tony Estremera statement on Gov. Newsom's drought declaration for Santa Clara County

Today’s action by Gov. Gavin Newsom to include Santa Clara County in the state’s drought emergency proclamation underscores the serious threats facing our region’s water supply.

I would like to thank Gov. Newsom for his leadership in making this declaration as our county contends with a water shortage emergency condition. The declaration by Gov. Newsom ensures that state agencies are empowered to facilitate critical water transfers and exchanges necessary to continue a reliable water supply for the 2 million people and thousands of Silicon Valley businesses in Santa Clara County.

On June 9, our Board declared a water shortage emergency condition, one of the strongest actions we can take. While we celebrated the groundbreaking of the Anderson Dam project this week, we know our largest drinking water reservoir will be out of service for 10 years. If the drought continues into next year, we could face the possibility there will not be enough water to meet basic demands without serious risk of subsidence in 2022.

Valley Water is doing everything we can to ensure we can provide safe, clean water to Santa Clara County. In addition to engaging with federal and state agencies, Valley Water is working with the County of Santa Clara, cities and water retailers to take additional measures to protect our water supplies and conserve this precious resource.

The proclamation by Gov. Newsom amplifies how important it is for all our communities to reduce their water use during this extreme drought. Many people reduced their water use significantly during the last drought. Valley Water thanks them for their conservation efforts and encourages everyone to keep up the good work. Valley Water offers robust conservation programs that can help our communities save water and money, including our Landscape Rebate Program. Community members who want to replace high-water using landscapes with drought-resilient ones can now receive an increased rebate. Learn about all our rebate programs, conservation tips and how to get free water-saving tools at watersavings.org.

We can’t predict how long this drought will last. But Valley Water is taking every step possible now to protect our water supplies and groundwater basins for all our communities.

 

June 22, 2021

Valley Water Board Chair Tony Estremera statement on County of Santa Clara's proclamation of a local drought emergency 

Today’s decision by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors to ratify the Proclamation of a Local Emergency issued by the County Director of Emergency Services underscores the seriousness of the threats posed by the extreme drought.

I would like to thank Board President Mike Wasserman for his leadership and extend my gratitude to his colleagues on the Board of Supervisors for taking immediate action as we face this water shortage emergency. I would also like to thank the Office of the County Executive and the Director of Emergency Management Services for taking decisive action following the Valley Water Board's declaration of a Water Shortage Emergency Condition.

Our water supplies are in jeopardy. Together, the actions taken by Valley Water and Santa Clara County acknowledge the water emergency facing our county and position us well to take additional measures to protect our water supplies and work with retailers and our community to conserve this precious resource.

Valley Water is doing everything we can to ensure we can provide safe, clean water to Santa Clara County. 

The resolution by the County Board of Supervisors echoes the call by Valley Water for all our communities to reduce their water use during this extreme drought. Valley Water offers robust conservation programs that can help our communities save water and money, including our Landscape Rebate Program. And beginning July 1, community members who want to replace high-water using landscapes with drought-resilient ones can receive an increased rebate. Learn about all our rebate programs, conservation tips and how to get free water-saving tools at watersavings.org.

To help us achieve our mission of providing safe, clean water to all or communities, we urge Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a drought emergency in Santa Clara County. This action is needed to help Valley Water be better positioned to receive an emergency supply of imported water to address our county’s public health and safety needs. These emergency water supplies are critical in helping us prevent overdraft of our groundwater basins, dry domestic wells, and subsidence.

Will we see another dry winter? We don’t know. But Valley Water and the County of Santa Clara are taking decisive actions now to protect our water supplies and groundwater basins.

 

June 16, 2021

As of 5 p.m. today, Valley Water activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to the extreme drought and water shortage emergency condition in Santa Clara County. Today’s EOC Level 2 activation kicks off the first Operational Period for Drought Response, which will run through Monday, June 21, 2021.

 

June 9, 2021

Valley Water Board Chair Tony Estremera statement on declaration of water shortage emergency condition

Santa Clara County is in extreme drought. We can’t afford to wait to act as our water supplies are being threatened locally and across California. We are in an emergency and Valley Water must do everything we can to protect our groundwater resources and ensure we can provide safe, clean water to Santa Clara County residents and businesses.

To better deal with these threats and the emergency they are causing, today my fellow Board Members and I unanimously declared a water shortage emergency condition in Santa Clara County. This declaration, which is among the strongest actions we can take under law, allows Valley Water to work with our retailers, cities and the county to implement regulations and restrictions on the delivery and consumption of water. We also are urging the County of Santa Clara to proclaim a local emergency and join us in underscoring the seriousness of the threats posed by the extreme drought.

Increased conservation is also necessary to protect local water supplies and guard against groundwater overdraft, subsidence, and dry domestic wells, especially if the drought extends into next year.  That’s why my fellow Board Members and I also are calling for a mandatory 15% reduction in water use compared to 2019.

These actions are necessary as we face further challenges to our local water supply. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered Anderson Reservoir to be drained for public safety as we strengthen the dam. This means the largest surface reservoir in Santa Clara County is out of service while performing this critical work.

Our imported water supplies are decreasing because of the historic dry season. About 50% of our water supply comes from outside our county, and the depleted Sierra Nevada snowpack caused a significant reduction in the amount of imported water we will receive this year.

Valley Water is addressing this by working to withdraw previously banked supplies and purchasing emergency water from our partners.

We thank the many people who acted during the last drought and beyond to reduce their water use significantly. Water saved through the years is water we can use now. We urge the community to keep up that great work.

I ask our residents, businesses, and farmers to do your part to help us weather this extreme drought by taking part in our many rebate and conservation programs. Valley Water offers robust conservation programs that can help you save water and money, including an increase in our Landscape Rebate Program beginning July 1. Learn about all our rebate programs, conservation tips and how to get free water-saving tools at watersavings.org.

A reliable supply of safe, clean water is crucial for public health and the economy. We can’t predict how long this drought will last. But we know now is the time for action to protect our groundwater basins and make sure there is enough water for all our communities. Thank you for doing your part.

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