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Bay Area Water Provider Recommends Mandatory Limits on Outdoor Watering

  • 2021-06-17T15:00:00.000+0000
  • Author: Mitzy De La Peña Medina

The Santa Clara Valley Water District (known as Valley Water) provides stream stewardship, wholesale water supply, and flood protection for Santa Clara County customers. On July 9th, its Board of Directors unanimously voted to declare a drought emergency and cutback water usage by 15% compared to 2019 levels. They urged county officials to proclaim their own local emergency.

Valley Water is recommending cities, counties, and water companies implement mandatory limits on residential outdoor watering. During the special meeting, Biocom California staff asked decision makers about plans to recommend water restrictions on businesses, specifically any that might impact the life science sector. District staff responded that they hope to achieve the targeted countywide reduction in water use solely via restrictions on outdoor use for residents.

The San Jose Water Company, the district’s largest retailer, responded to the board's decision by sharing their intent to release details of a drought plan soon.

Biocom California has historically opposed imposing cutback measures on life science facilities, which depend on constant, reliable access to water for sensitive research and manufacturing processes. We will keep our members updated on any further developments and cutback proposals.