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Mountain View City Council declares stage 2 water emergency, announces restrictions

The Mountain View City Council declared a stage 2 water emergency, enacting restrictions on outdoor irrigation and other measures to encourage water conservation. Embarcadero Media file photo by Veronica Weber.

The city of Mountain View declared a stage 2 water emergency Tuesday, restricting outdoor irrigation for residents to two days a week, city officials said.

The Mountain View City Council declared the emergency during Tuesday's meeting to enact further water conservation efforts as California deals with dry conditions for its third consecutive year.

Residents of the city are assigned irrigation days based on their address, with even addresses watering outdoors on Tuesdays and Fridays and odd addresses doing so on Mondays and Thursdays.

The increase from a stage 1 water emergency, which was declared in November 2021, will also include the prohibition of washing paved or hard surfaces except with a bucket or for health and safety, washing cars at home except with a bucket, or filling decorative water features except to sustain aquatic life.

The city also mandated that hotels offer guests the option to reuse sheets and towels to save water.

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The emergency also declared that all leaks must be repaired within five days.

Mountain View's water supply mostly comes from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, with another 10% coming from Valley Water, 4% from the Regional Water Quality Control Plant in Palo Alto and 2% from local groundwater wells.

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Mountain View City Council declares stage 2 water emergency, announces restrictions

by Bay City News Service / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Wed, Jun 29, 2022, 3:39 pm

The city of Mountain View declared a stage 2 water emergency Tuesday, restricting outdoor irrigation for residents to two days a week, city officials said.

The Mountain View City Council declared the emergency during Tuesday's meeting to enact further water conservation efforts as California deals with dry conditions for its third consecutive year.

Residents of the city are assigned irrigation days based on their address, with even addresses watering outdoors on Tuesdays and Fridays and odd addresses doing so on Mondays and Thursdays.

The increase from a stage 1 water emergency, which was declared in November 2021, will also include the prohibition of washing paved or hard surfaces except with a bucket or for health and safety, washing cars at home except with a bucket, or filling decorative water features except to sustain aquatic life.

The city also mandated that hotels offer guests the option to reuse sheets and towels to save water.

The emergency also declared that all leaks must be repaired within five days.

Mountain View's water supply mostly comes from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, with another 10% coming from Valley Water, 4% from the Regional Water Quality Control Plant in Palo Alto and 2% from local groundwater wells.

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Rossta
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Waverly Park
on Jul 1, 2022 at 8:51 am
Rossta, Waverly Park
Registered user
on Jul 1, 2022 at 8:51 am

Be aware this is about Mountain View provided water. If you get your water from California Water Service, as I do, then there are different days. Odd Tuesday & Saturday, Even number houses Wed & Sun. No watering 8am-6pm.
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AB
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Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jul 2, 2022 at 2:31 pm
AB, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
Registered user
on Jul 2, 2022 at 2:31 pm

When it comes to drought, the only policy we Californians and our elected officials promote are conservation, conservation and conservation. What if this coming winter is dry followed by another dry year? What then? More water conservation followed by rationing? Mass migrations to other states?

California should follow Israel in the use of advanced desalination and water re-use technologies. We should be planing for dry years and implement new solutions now. It takes twenty years to bring a desalination plant online in our state. This is far too long.


People Need Water
Registered user
Shoreline West
on Jul 3, 2022 at 1:43 pm
People Need Water, Shoreline West
Registered user
on Jul 3, 2022 at 1:43 pm

Only population limits will solve this problem. Destroying our beaches is a terrible idea.


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