Santa Clara Valley Water District
Many South Bay residents are getting the conservation message and are going above and beyond when it comes to cutting back on water use.
With the state expanding emergency water restrictions in the wake of the drought, some Bay Area residents could soon be asked to conserve even more. It could happen as soon as next week in Santa Clara County.
California Still Needs 11 Trillion Gallons Of Rain To End Drought As Water Officials Continue Call For Conservation
New numbers show the percentage of the state in the exceptional drought category has dropped from just over 55 percent last week to 32 percent.
Palo Alto officials are targeting water-wasting activities like washing down sidewalks and irrigating to the point of saturation. City council approved the new series of restrictions late Monday night.
In a unanimous vote, the Santa Clara Valley Water District approved hiring up to 10 people to respond to complaints about people wasting water in the county.
On Tuesday, the water supply to the creek was cut by about 60 percent as South Bay water officials try to conserve what little water they have to work with.
Residents of The Jungle, San Jose’s largest homeless encampment, have recently received on-site medical care after the county moved a mobile clinic to the site.
Water officials said they need to reduce flows from Lexington Reservoir to Los Gatos Creek by more than half, so there’s enough water to keep at least some the creek wet until the winter.
The idea of completely draining one of the Bay Area’s largest reservoirs of drinking water might be shocking to drought-conscious Californians. But that’s exactly what will happen next year when a seismic retrofit will begin at Anderson Dam and Reservoir near Morgan Hill.
That is double the water use reduction that was being considered just last month.