Be sure to check the Drought Update page for current water restrictions.
Since 1987 the water use in Santa Clara has dropped significantly while population within the city continues to rise. It is evident that conservation has become a way of life in the City of Santa Clara. The graph below shows how the City has conserved water despite the population increase.
A major way the City continues to control water demand, while still following through with its conservation goals, is through its strong Award-Winning Recycled Water Program which is a direct offset to the potable water demand in the City. The City of Santa Clara is proud to have accepted the 2014 Recycled Water Retailer of the Year award from the WateReuse Association.
Additionally, the City continues to promote recycled water through innovative projects within the City. For example, the Central Park Pond is currently being retrofitted to use Recycled Water, instead of portable water, for its 1.4 million gallon water feature. The scale of the City’s Recycled Water Program demonstrates its success as recycled water account for 15% of all water sales within the city. In addition, 72% of the City’s municipal water use is met through recycled water.
Despite such great progress to this point, current drought conditions require all of us to conserve even more. It is understood with all the conservation that has taken place over the years, further reduction in demands will be hard to achieve.
So what can you do to save water?
- Only wash full loads of laundry or dishes
- Take shorter showers
- Only fill bathtubs halfway
- Turn of water when brushing teeth or shaving
- Check toilet for leaks frequently, and fix as soon as a leak is found
- Install low flow shower heads and faucet aerators (available for free at City Hall 1500 Warburton Ave)
- Upgrade to high efficiency clothes washers, dish washers, and toilets (Rebates available)
- Remove grass and install drought resistant plants (limited time Rebate increase available)
- Only water early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler
- Water a maximum of 3 days a week in the summer
- Turn watering times down as much as possible, every minute counts
- Inspect sprinklers for leaks and make sure they only water the areas needing water
- Use mulch around plants and trees to reduce evaporation
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean up outdoor spaces like driveways and decks
- Be sure your hose is fitted with an auto shutoff nozzle (available for free at City Hall 1500 Warburton Ave)
For a complete inside and out evaluation of your home’s water efficiency, sign up for a free Water-Wise House Call with the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
Also, be sure to check out these great resources for more water savings tips: