SAN JOSE (KCBS)— San Jose residents face mandatory water rationing with monthly allotments as soon as mid-June.

San Jose Water Company, the largest water company in Silicon Valley, made the rationing announcement on Monday. If the customers go over their allotted limit, they will be fined.

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The city with its population of 1 million becomes the largest in California to take the dramatic step toward conservation as the drought is in its fourth year.

San Jose resident William Wells says some customers may not be pleased with the new water rules.
“Whenever you go forward with a law like this there’s always some people who are against it. I think when you do really think a lot about it, it’s about the only way to move forward until we do get blessed with rain coming our way once again,” Wells said.

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There’s no word on the exact figures for the penalties, but they must be approved by the state’s Public Utilities Commission. The spokesman for San Jose Water says they must meet mandatory conservation targets imposed by Governor Jerry Brown or face their own fines of up to $10,000 a day.