SC Valley Water District eases restrictions

September 29, 2010 11:19:50 AM PDT
The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors withdrew Tuesday the call for a 10 percent mandatory conservation and instead issued notice for an equal amount of voluntary conservation.

The switch to voluntary conservation was prompted by improved water supply conditions after heavy rainfall and the restoration of adequate groundwater storage levels, according to a board statement.

Local reservoirs have bounced back from the recent drought and are currently above the 20-year average to date, according to the statement.

Despite the improved supply, Chairman Richard Santos urged residents to heed voluntary conservation recommendations in order to maintain the healthy water levels.

District officials added that continued conservation would benefit the entire state, allowing California to achieve its long-term goal of reducing urban per capita use by 20 percent over the next ten years.


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