Value Our Water
Background of the Current Drought
In early 2015, the statewide drought condition was in the severe to exceptional stage. Furthermore, local surface water and groundwater supplies were well below average and imported water allocations for 2015 were very low (25 percent or less). In consideration of the continued severity of the drought and worsening water supply projections, increased water use reductions beyond the previous call for 20 percent were determined to be necessary to preserve groundwater storage.
On March 24, 2015, the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) board called for 30 percent water use reductions, and recommended that retail water agencies, municipalities and the County implement mandatory measures as needed to accomplish that target, including a two day a week outdoor irrigation schedule. On November 24, 2015, the board extended the call for 30 percent savings through June 30, 2016. On June 14, 2016, the board approved a resolution to revise the call for water use reductions to 20 percent of the 2013 use, and to increase the allowable days for outdoor irrigation from two to three days a week. The resolution is in effect to January 31, 2017, to coincide with the recently updated state emergency regulations.
To monitor the most current drought conditions, click here. To see Morgan Hill's current drought restrictions, click here.
Why Do We Still Need to Value Our Water?Despite the rainfall we received last winter, California continues to be in a drought. Water supplies throughout most of the state have improved, but are still limited.
About half of our water in Santa Clara County is imported from outside the County. Due to the severity of the drought, regulatory restrictions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and a growing pressure on the state's water delivery system, we're only receiving fractions of our imported water allocations. Just as important, we live in a semi-arid region and water conservation should always be a priority. It needs to become our way of life. To ensure we have a reliable water supply today and in the future, we all need to Value Our Water.
It's Easy to Reduce Your Water UseSmall actions can add up to huge water savings. If everyone in your household saved just 20 gallons of water a day, we would save more than 13 billion gallons of water a year in Santa Clara County alone. Get tips and tools to help your family save water.
Summer isn’t the only time of year when water conservation matters. Help us meet our 20% water reduction goal by continuing to save 20 gallons a day, every day. It is easier than you think. Adjust your watering level to match the season; cut watering time by half in the fall and stop completely in winter.
You can save even more with the free programs and rebates offered by the Santa Clara Valley Water District. To find out more, visit their website.
Please note that the District's "Water Wise House Call" program is currently on hold while it undergoes a makeover. Please call their conservation hotline at (408) 630-2554 to request to be notified when the new program is launched or to request a pre-inspection for the Landscape Rebate Program.