San Jose Reduces Water Restrictions

California Drought

San Jose Reduces Water Restrictions

October 4, 2016

San Jose residents earned their right to reduce water conservation limits this summer and throughout the year due to the terrific accomplishments their community made to save water by 27 percent in 2015. As of June 2016, San Jose officials dropped the district’s reduction goal to 20 percent–allowing residents to water their lawns and gardens three days a week.

“San Jose asked residents to reach a water savings goal of 30 percent — a step above the state-mandated 25 percent savings target. But following the wettest winter in five years, the State Water Resources Control Board in May lifted the mandate and allowed water agencies to set their own conservation targets,” says The Mercury News.

Santa Clara Valley Water District and San Jose’s Environmental Services Department recognize that one good winter isn’t enough to take California out of a four-year drought, nor is it an excuse to discontinue saving water. Fortunately the extra rain from last winter has eased water restrictions due to the excess build up of water supplies in surface reservoirs, which has helped store supplies throughout the state.

The San Jose Water Company, which serves 80 percent of the city, will also reduce its conservation target, says Mercury News.

“We agree that the 20 percent number is a good number,” said John Tang, the company’s vice president of corporate communications. “The residents have stepped up. The reason the district was able to reduce the amount is because of people’s efforts.”

As of July 1st, San Jose’s residents have received guidelines for the new terms of use with outdoor watering:

  • If using a sprinkler system, residents and businesses can water outdoors on three designated days, and only before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
  • Odd-numbered addresses may water on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays;
  • Even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays;
  • Properties without an address may water on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
  • If using a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle or a drip irrigation system, residents and businesses can water outdoors before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m., any day of the week.
  • If done in an efficient manner, and before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m., public parks, playing fields, day care centers, golf courses, and schools are allowed to water outdoors for maintenance; nurseries can water plants and trees for sale.

Here’s an example of how one community in California has worked cooperatively to conserve water for California and for the world. Way to go San Jose! May your example help others to implement similar goals in their lives.

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