Friday Top of the Scroll: San Jose submits plans for mandatory household water rationing
Earlier this summer, the Santa Clara Valley Water District declared a water shortage emergency and told its 13 retailers, including their largest retailer the San Jose Water Company, to cut water use 15% from 2019 levels, the most recent non-drought year…. The [San Jose Water] company has since submitted a plan to the California Public Utilities Commission that would require each of its residential customers to officially cut monthly water use by 15% from their 2019 levels, or face fines of $7.13 in surcharges for every additional unit of water used. The move could make San Jose the first major California city with water allotments and drought penalties.
- Pleasanton Weekly: Zone 7 declares drought emergency; mandatory 15% water use reduction
- Palo Alto Online: Running dry - Reservoirs serving Valley Water reach historic lows
- Press Democrat: As drought-parched summer vanishes in a shroud of wildfire smoke, so does peace of mind
- CBS: Drought Emergency - More South Bay Residents Turn To Graywater Systems To Save Water And Their Plants
- SLO New Times: Cambria should declare a Stage 5 drought emergency and restrict water use