county declares local drought emergency | Gilroy Expedition
The Santa Clara County Watchdog has become the latest South Bay agency to take action to reduce water supplies, as the agency declared a local emergency on June 22 due to extreme drought conditions.
“As Californians, we all know how precious water is. During the last drought, many of us learned that every drop is precious, and we all came together to find new and creative ways to conserve this incredibly important resource, ”said Mike Wasserman, Chairman of the Board of administration. “We’ve done it before and we can do it again: every little step we can take to expand our water supply is essential right now. “
The “extreme drought” classification means the reservoirs are so low the water level is insufficient for agriculture, wildlife and urban needs, a county press release says. Under these conditions, the fire season lasts all year round and fires can occur even in generally humid areas of the state.
Earlier this month, the Santa Clara Valley Water District board declared a water shortage emergency and imposed mandatory water use reductions of 15% from 2019 levels, which equates to a 33% reduction from 2013 water consumption levels. “The county supports these conservation measures and encourages everyone in unincorporated areas to voluntarily adopt similar use reduction targets. », Indicates the press release.
County officials stressed that water conservation is a “collective community responsibility,” the press release said. Since the last major drought in 2014, the county has implemented water conservation projects and policies which have significantly reduced water use in county facilities and unincorporated areas.
These include: the shift to water-friendly landscaping, the use of recycled water for irrigation, the installation of low-flow toilets and shower heads in detention centers, adopting leak detection and maintenance protocols and establishing a native plant demonstration garden at Hellyer County Park. More information on the county’s efforts to protect and conserve water resources can be found on the Sustainable Development Master Plan website.
“The reality is that we live in an arid region that will continue to experience droughts. Conserving water is something we all need to do together, and that includes the county and the many facilities we operate, ”said Jasneet Sharma, director of the county sustainability office. “There are many steps we should all take, from large-scale conservation projects and household-level water conservation renovations to simple household changes like turning off the tap when brushing your teeth. Each is an important part of sustainability.
Waste water restrictions
In 2015, the county approved a number of permanent restrictions on waste water for unincorporated areas that continue to be in effect:
– Do not water outdoor landscapes in a way that causes runoff
– Do not use a hose to wash a vehicle, unless the hose is equipped with an automatic shut-off valve
– Do not use water to water paved areas and harsh landscapes, such as driveways, parking lots and sidewalks
– Do not use water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated
– Do not water outdoor landscapes during daylight hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., unless using a bucket, a hose fitted with an automatic shut-off valve or a low-flow drip irrigation system
– Repair exterior water leaks within seven days of county notification
For businesses, the following water uses are prohibited (unless necessary to meet an immediate health or safety need, or to comply with a condition of a permit issued by a county, state or federal agency):
– Water service in a restaurant or public place where food or drinks are sold, except on request
– Using dishwasher spray taps without water retention in a restaurant or public place where food or drink is sold
– Failure to use recycled or non-potable water for dust control or soil compaction purposes in construction activities when a source is readily available
– Installation or use of any new once-through cooling system that circulates the water only once to cool the equipment before removing the water
– Installation or use of any new non-recirculating water system in commercial conveyor car wash systems
– Installation or use of any new non-recirculating water system in commercial laundry systems
– Failure of a hotel, motel or other commercial accommodation establishment to offer customers the option of refusing the daily laundry services of towels and linens.
The county requests that all complaints about water waste in the unincorporated county of Santa Clara be directed to the Santa Clara Valley Water District in one of the following ways:
– Drought response hotline (408-630-2000)
– E-mail ([email protected])
– Free application for smartphones (available on http://www.valleywater.org/avwapp/)
For residents and businesses who want to do their part to conserve our water, the Santa Clara Valley Water District has a number of conservation programs which offer discounts for the following:
– Conversion of residential or commercial landscapes with high water consumption into drought-prone landscapes
– Installation of gray water laundry systems
– Equipment changes in commercial, industrial and institutional facilities to reduce water consumption
– Installation of sub-meters and water meters