Reports give Silicon Valley residents good reason to conserve water

The San Jose Mercury News in January enhanced water-shortage concerns of Californians and gave us all more reasons to watch how much water we’re using.  The article noted that because of severe drought, the State Water Project will not be supplying urban residents and farmers with water this year. Rather than receive water from the State Water Project – which has been the foundation of the state’s water system – communities and regions will have to rely on reservoir water, well water and recycled water to meet their needs.  Which means its time for all of us to tighten up and do our part to conserve what water we do have.

In the Bay Area, Silicon Valley and residents of Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore in the East Bay are expected to be most impacted by the drought, the News said.  The question now is, will current water supplies meet demands?

The Almaden Reservoir south of San Jose is just 3.2 percent full, with 50 acre-feet of water, The Wall Street Journal reported in early January.  This is down significantly from its 1,568 acre-feet capacity level.  An acre-foot is approximately the amount of water used in a year by a family of five.

While the state’s agricultural industry will feel the sharpest impact of the drought, few residential communities will escape the effects of the water shortage.  The good news is, we can all do our parts to conserve water and ride out the tide until the trend turns back toward regular rains.

Below is a handy chart with five tips most of us can use to save water.  For many more tips, go to for 100+ Ways to Conserve.