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Valley Water updates ordinance to include ban on watering of commercial, industrial, and institutional lawns

Valley Water has amended its existing outdoor watering ordinance so as to include California’s recent state ban pertaining to the watering of decorative commercial, industrial, and institutional lawns. Read more about the new state regulation here.

The updated ordinance shall take instant effect. The change does not roll back the previous restrictions approved by Valley Water’s board on April 12, which are: 

  • Watering ornamental lawns no more than two days a week
  • Watering any outdoor landscape between 9am & 6pm
  • Any outdoor watering that results in runoff
  • Watering outdoors during & within 48 hours of rainfall

The new revisions came yesterday, September 13. 

In a statement, Valley Water Chair Pro Tem John L. Varela said, “The Valley Water Board of Directors will consider every option available to help protect our county’s water supply. We must all work together so we can protect our current and future water supply.”

In the meantime, Valley Water improved its coordination processes with water retailers for the sake of lessening how much time goes into attending to Santa Clara County water waste cases, as well as not duplicating enforcement measures.

The organization boasts strong water reduction numbers. Whereas Governor Gavin Newsom called for 15% less statewide water use than we saw in 2020, Valley Water policies helped Santa Clara County to get its 2020-to-2021 water reduction to 19% (the statewide average was 10%).

Said Varela, “We don’t know how much rain and snow this winter will bring us. We must continue to reduce our water use, especially if this drought carries into 2023.”



Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He has won awards for journalism (CA Journalism Award) and screenwriting (Fade In Award), and has served as a ghostwriter, speechwriter, or script doctor for over 3,000 clients. His first novel is a dark political thriller called "Red Dennis" (2020). His first nonfiction book is a guide for helping writers be more productive called "Ass Plus Seat" (2020). From 2020 to 2024, he co-hosted the "House of Mystery Radio Show" on NBC News Radio.


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