Good news has come to San Jose by way of our winter rains. Because this past winter was the wettest in five years, and residents and businesses have done a stellar job in conserving water, we can now enjoy it a bit more this summer. The City of San Jose initially asked water customers to aim for a 30% reduction in use during the height of the long standing drought, 5% more than the state required. Back in May the state Water Resources Control Board adjusted its policy on water use reduction to allow for municipalities to set their own goals. Because we have succeeded so well as a community in saving water, reaching a 27% percent drop just last year, the city has decided to drop the recommended percent of water use to 20% below 2013 usage levels.
This means you can water your yard a bit more often, but we should still keep in mind that the drought isn’t over yet. It will take more than one wet winter to restore our water reserves, but we are seeing great progress in conservation efforts. As long as these continue, we should be able to meet the 20% reduction in water use without too much hassle. Along with the drop in our water conservation goal, some restrictions on outdoor watering have been lifted or modified. Following are the new guidelines which were effective July 1st.
- San Jose residents and businesses with a sprinkler system can water their outdoor yards, landscaping and gardens three days a week, prior to 10:00 am and after 8:00 pm only.
- For those with an odd numbered address, or with no address, you can water on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
- For those with even numbered addresses, you can water on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
- Anyone using a drip irrigation system, or a hand held hose connected to an auto-shut-off nozzle, you can water any day of the week but no more than three times in one week. Times are restricted to prior to 10:00 am and after 8:00 pm.
- Day care centers, golf courses, public parks, playing fields and schools can water for maintenance if done in an efficient way and within the time limits of before 10:00 am and after 8:00 pm three days a week.
- The restriction for offering water in restaurants is still in place, water can only be served upon request.
- Hotels are required to make daily laundry and linen services optional for guests.
These new restrictions are in effect until January 1, 2017, when a new review of our conservation statistics and water levels will be completed. Currently our snow pack level is only at 32% of the annual average, but this is more than we have seen in quite a while. With continued efforts by everyone, and hopefully continued wet winters, we can make it through this drought together. When you are ready to buy or sell your home, we at Haylen Group are here to help you with all of your real estate needs! As your buyer agent we will strive to work together and give you the best support we can. Call Helen Chong at (408) 800-LIST or email at Helen@HaylenGroup.com. You can also visit us at our website for available listings and additional information.