Following a record-setting dry year in 2013, Governor Jerry Brown issued a drought declaration for the State of California, urging all Californians to reduce water usage by 20%. In response to the current situation, the City of Santa Clara’s surface water providers, Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), have set water use reduction targets of 20% and 10% respectively. The City of Santa Clara has implemented a Water Conservation Action Plan with a goal of reducing city-wide potable water demand by 20%.
To meet this 20% reduction goal the City of Santa Clara recommends the following actions:
- Landscape irrigation should be limited to 3 days a week and no more than 15 minutes per zone.
- Addresses ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) should water on Mondays, Wednesdays, and/or Saturdays. Addresses ending in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8) should water on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or Sundays.
- Landscape irrigation should occur between 6 P.M. and 6 A.M.
- Recycled water irrigation systems are exempt.
- The use of potable water in decorative water features should cease, except as needed to maintain aquatic life.
- No new swimming pools and/or ponds should be constructed, filled, or refilled, except those impoundments that are approved for, and use recycled water.
- Fire hydrant flushing should be suspended except when required to maintain healthy and safe water quality.
The following uses of water are always prohibited by the City:
- Wasting water, which includes but is not limited to, the flooding or runoff on City sidewalks, gutters, and streets.
- Cleaning of sidewalks, driveways, patios, parking lots, or other paved or hard-surfaced areas, or washing cars, buses, boats, trailers, or any vehicle by use of a hose unless that hose is fitted with an operating automatic shut-off valve.
- Water waste due to broken or defective plumbing, fire system, irrigation system, or any appurtenance thereto; or to open or to leave open any stopcock or faucet so as to permit water waste.
- Service of water by any restaurant unless requested by a patron.
- Installation of a single-pass cooling system.
- Installation of a non-recirculating, decorative fountain.
- Construction of a non-recirculating conveyor car wash.
To report water waste, please complete a Water Waste report.
To help conserve you can:
Visit the Conservation page, save20gallons.org, and saveourwater.com for water saving tips. Sign up for a free Water Wise House Call from the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Qualify and apply for Rebates on water saving fixtures and appliances.
To receive automatic e-mail updates on drought conditions and water conservation in the City, please sign up for e-Notify.
Thank you for your efforts to conserve water and use water wisely.