District urges water conservation

March 22, 2009 2:47:20 PM PDT
Faced with a statewide drought and a two-thirds cut in imported water from the Sierra snowback, the Santa Clara Valley Water District is urging county residents to cut back on water usage.

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Staff from the water district will present a report to the board of directors Tuesday highlighting why a 15 percent reduction in water usage is necessary for the county, spokeswoman Susan Siravo said.

Tuesday's meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the district headquarters building at 5700 Almaden Expressway in San Jose. "This recommendation is based on a comprehensive assessment of the water district's current groundwater reserves, 10 local reservoirs, imported water sources and conservation efforts thus far," water district CEO Sharon Judkins said in a statement.

The water district's local reservoirs are at about 65 percent capacity while many of the state's reservoirs are at less than 50 percent capacity, Siravo said.

The water district manages water resources and provides stewardship for the county's five watersheds, including 10 reservoirs, hundreds of miles of streams and groundwater basins, according to Siravo.

Flood protection throughout Santa Clara County is also provided by the water district.

The water district is offering programs and rebates to help residents and businesses save water and money. For more information visit www.valleywater.org or call (408) 265-2600.

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