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Valley Water votes to change water-use reduction rules

A water policy shift has come to Santa Clara County…

At Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Thursday, April 13, board meeting, the board approved 7-0 to rescind the Water Shortage Emergency Condition, which had called for a mandatory 15% water-use reduction throughout the county.

In place of the Emergency Condition, Valley Water implemented a 15% voluntary water-use reduction.

In other words, what was mandatory has become voluntary.

In the meantime, the board also voted unanimously to direct Valley Water’s CEO to recommend additional water-conservation actions, making conservation “a way of life” (quoted from a Valley Water email forward) in Santa Clara County and all of California.
Notably, the county’s outdoor water waste restrictions, which include a 2-day-a-week watering limit on residential nonfunctional turf, still remain in force. The restrictions go as follows:

All property owners in Santa Clara County who receive potable water supplied or managed by Valley Water, either directly or indirectly by a water retailer, must NOT do any of the following:

• Water ornamental lawns more than two days a week.
• Water any outdoor landscape between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
• Water in a manner that results in excessive runoff.
• Water outdoors during and within 48 hours of a storm.

The 2-day limit is not applicable to sports fields or functional turf areas used for recreation or other civic, school, or community events.

Valley Water’s practice is to educate violators, though it does have the ability to fine those who violate the rules after repeated notices.

Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.


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