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Valley Water Board of Directors rescinds water shortage emergency condition, calls for 15% voluntary water-use reduction

April 12, 2023
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SAN JOSE – The Valley Water Board of Directors voted unanimously to rescind the water shortage emergency condition calling for a 15% mandatory water-use reduction in Santa Clara County.

In an effort to keep the community's water saving momentum, the Board of Directors also called for a 15% voluntary water-use reduction.

“Water conservation must be a way of life,” Valley Water Chair John L. Varela said. “California has experienced two multi-year droughts in the past decade. We can’t predict when the next drought will arrive. That’s why it’s so important that we continue our water saving ways.”

Valley Water will continue enforcing restrictions for these water-wasting activities:

  • Outdoor watering more than two days per week of residential decorative lawns
  • Outdoor watering that causes runoff
  • Mid-day watering
  • Watering after rainfall
  • The State of California’s ban against watering decorative lawns on commercial, industrial, and institutional properties, including homeowners’ associations

The Board of Directors also requested Valley Water Chief Executive Officer Rick Callender to bring a recommendation for the Board's consideration for additional actions to support water conservation as a way of life in our county and state.

Valley Water is committed to continuing to work with stakeholders across Santa Clara County to develop approaches for making water conservation a way of life. Since July 2021, residents, businesses, farms and others reduced water use by 12% compared to 2020.

Valley Water manages an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County's 2 million residents. The district effectively manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced recycled water purification center, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 285 acres of groundwater recharge ponds and more than 294 miles of streams. We provide wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water directly to homes and businesses in Santa Clara County.