Santa Clara County residents and businesses reduced their water use in June by 9% compared to 2019. While this was the county’s best water savings month so far this year, we have not reached our target of 15% savings.
As our region and state endure the third year of drought, it’s critical we continue to reduce water use.
On June 9, 2021, the Valley Water Board of Directors called for a water use reduction of 15% compared to 2019. Since then, Santa Clara County has experienced a collective savings of 3% which includes residential and commercial sectors.
Valley Water urges residents and business owners to continue saving water by following water restrictions and taking actions large and small that can increase water savings.
Valley Water offers rebates for converting high water-use landscapes to low water-use landscapes. In the last fiscal year, Valley Water helped residents and businesses convert more than 1.3 million square feet of lawn through 1,432 rebates.
Our rebates also help residents and businesses replace existing irrigation equipment with approved high-efficiency irrigation equipment.
We also offer free water-saving devices to help save water indoors.
Valley Water continues to enforce its outdoor restrictions against midday watering, runoff, watering more than two days a week and watering after rainfall. We are focusing on educating residents and businesses who violate these restrictions. In June, Valley Water responded to 516 reports of water waste and 217 reports in July.
Early forecasts indicate the potential for another dry winter. Even if our region and state receive average rainfall and snowpack totals this winter, it’s likely we will remain in a drought. It is important that everyone says yes to saving water. We owe it to our communities not to waste water.