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Why is there a 20 percent water conservation target in San José?
California is in its fifth year of drought. In order to prepare for water shortages, the State Water Board requires water agencies to set water conservation targets based on local supplies.

San José’s 20 percent conservation target (compared to 2013) reflects an improving water supply due to community-wide savings, coordination among water retailers, and rainfall from the El Niño winter. However, our local groundwater, which supplies half of Santa Clara County’s water usage, is still low and needs continued savings from residents and businesses to return to and maintain normal levels.

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1. Why is there a 20 percent water conservation target in San José?
2. Are the new San José drought rules mandated?
3. What are some of the current rules?
4. Why can’t I choose which watering day works best for me?
5. My water provider has different watering days than the City. Which days can I water?
6. How can homeowners determine their water consumption?
7. How will these rules be enforced?
8. How do I report water wasters?