Bay Area Among Statewide Water Conservation Leaders | New

Sonoma achieved a 33.9% reduction, Marin reported 29.4%, Santa Clara achieved 18.8%, Napa recorded it at 18%, San Mateo achieved 17.9%, and Alameda increased its water savings of 16.6% in July compared to the same month in 2020.

In June, the second round of emergency statewide water use regulations went into effect, which, among other things, prohibits the irrigation of decorative grass on commercial properties. , industrial and institutional.

They also require all 436 city water providers to implement Phase 2 water shortage contingency plans.

These plans vary from provider to provider, but often include things like rebates or other incentives to switch to drought-resistant landscaping and fines or fees for overuse of water.

For example, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, which called for a mandatory 15% reduction in water use in 2021, is offering a landscape rebate program of up to $3,000 for residential customers and up to $100,000 for commercial and multi-family customers.

The water agency is also offering rebates of up to $400 for people who install a “laundry to landscape” gray water system.

“This year marks our third consecutive year of drought, with the distinction of having one of the driest starts to the year on record and an all-time allocation of imported water,” said the council chairman of Valley Water, ProTem John Varela.

In March, the California Department of Water Resources reduced deliveries to State Water Project suppliers from 15% of requested supplies to just 5%.

Additionally, in April, the US Bureau of Reclamation limited water deliveries to residential users of the Central Valley Project to just 55 gallons per person per day.

“To ensure we have enough water now and in the future, we must continue to make great strides in our conservation efforts,” Varela said.