In the latest results of the worst drought, San Jose residents – who received the lowest rainfall in their recorded history last year – and surrounding communities are facing tougher water conservation than any major California city. Rules are to be given.
The San Jose Water Company, a private firm that provides drinking water to one million people in San Jose, Capertino, Campbell, Las Gatos, Saratoga and Montenegro, has begun sending out notices to residents to inform them. She is moving forward. Mandatory rules Set a monthly residential water budget with financial penalties for homeowners who exceed it.
The system, which the company last installed during California’s previous droughts in 2015 and 2016, requires residential consumers to reduce water consumption by 15 percent from 2019 levels or pay a surcharge on their water bills. Will be.
“The last drought was five years old. We are in its second year,” said John Tang, vice president of San Jose Water Company. “We don’t know how long it will last. Every drop of water we can save now is going to end the pain we will feel next year.
Tang noted that reserves around Northern California and in Santa Clara County are at record lows.
“We are taking it very seriously,” he said. “We hope Mother Nature will provide this winter. But hope is not always a good strategy.
The company will keep. A public hearing On October 28, and if its proposed legislation is approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, as expected, they will take effect on November 15.
The water conservation target comes from the Santa Clara Valley Water District, a San Jose government agency, Silicon Valley’s largest water provider. District is the wholesale water supplier for the county. It buys water from federal and state agencies, maintains groundwater and 10 local reservoirs, and sells it to cities and private water companies such as San Jose Water that deliver it to homes and businesses.
“We’re all in it together,” District CEO Rick Calendar said Thursday. “Everyone needs to do their part. This drought is very serious.
On June 9, the district’s seven-member elected board of directors declared a water shortage emergency and called on county cities and private water companies to reduce water use by 15 percent from the 2019 level, the current non-famine year.
This is equivalent to a 33% decrease from the 2013 level. In response, local cities and other water providers have asked the public to protect the landscape more than twice a week with measures such as watering. But there is almost no implementation. And so far county residents have failed to meet the 15 percent protection target.
In August, they reduced water use by 9% from the August 2019 level, up from 6% in July.
“We’re moving in the right direction. We have to keep moving forward,” Calendar said.
Across the state, California’s current drought is the worst since 1976-77.
Last year, San Jose experienced its driest year in 128 years of recording, with only 5.33 inches of rain falling from July 1 to June 30. It was San Francisco’s third dry year since 1849.
As the drought spreads, Santa Clara County is worse than many other counties. Its largest reservoir, Anderson, near Morgan Hill, was rebuilt last year by federal authorities to protect the dam from earthquakes. As of Thursday, the county had only 10 reservoirs. 11% full
Water District officials are buying 58,000 acre-feet of water at a cost of 35 million تقریبا about a quarter of the district’s annual demand ساتھ with senior water rights from Sacramento Valley farmers. They are also importing water stored in groundwater banks in Karen County in recent years, and pumping more groundwater into Santa Clara County.
In San Jose, a key monitoring well owned by the district shows that the groundwater level has dropped about 45 feet since it reached its peak after the wet winter of 2017. Continue downward trend.
District leaders say that if too much groundwater is pumped, it could cause landslides, an incident called a subsidy, which occurred several generations ago in Santa Clara County and left roads, gas Pipes and other infrastructure can crack.
So they are asking for more protection, and are looking forward to a wet winter.
Under the San Jose Water Company. PlanEvery residential customer will need to reduce their monthly water consumption by 15% from their 2019 level. They will be charged 7. 7.13 per unit which they use in excess of that amount.
Each unit of water is 100 cubic feet, or 748 gallons – standard measurement on most water bills.
Hoping to prevent lawn water and protect indoor water use, the company is setting a monthly destination of 6 to 13 units per month, less in winter and more in summer. Users using less than this will not need a 15% reduction or surcharge.
Some water experts say part of the plan is fair because it does not punish those who were already protected. But he notes that a 15 percent reduction is required for medium to high water users – often rich people with large lawns – allowing them to continue using a lot of water without paying a penalty.
“The way they’re doing it is not fair,” said Nosha Ajami, director of urban water policy at Stanford University. “Targeting large water users is a more strategic approach, and could lead to more permanent changes in total water use.”
Ajmi said that with this severe, and changing climate in the drought, the people of California should not water growing or lawns, which use 50 percent of the state’s urban water.
“These famines are not going away. They keep coming back,” he said. “They’re coming back stronger, warmer and more intense. We’re experiencing a new routine. We must basically look at how we use, and change, water.”