In light of Governor Brown’s emergency drought declaration, Tony Estremera, chair of the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors and Beau Goldie, chief executive officer for the district, issued the following statements.
Tony Estremera, chairman, Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors:
I applaud the governor’s drought declaration. While a drought declaration will not solve our water problems, it will bring some relief to areas of California that are experiencing severe impacts from the dry conditions.
California’s drought reminds us that the state’s water supply is inter-connected. The nearly 2 million residents of Santa Clara County, like 23 million other Californians, are dependent on imported water from the Bay-Delta. This drought reminds us that we must have the means to capture all the water we can during wet years to allow us to weather multi-year droughts like this. A solution to the water reliability and ecosystem problems in the Delta is needed more than ever for California and Silicon Valley’s economy.
Beau Goldie, chief executive officer, Santa Clara Valley Water District:
The governor’s drought declaration will build public awareness that we all need to do what we can to save water. While we plan for multi-year droughts and are as prepared as possible, these unprecedented conditions are concerning, and we ask the public to think thoughtfully about their water use.
Our region has increased its overall water efficiency over the last two decades, and that will help us manage through this drought. In the semi-arid environment we live in, we must continue to make water conservation a way of life. We applaud the many residents and businesses that are already using water very efficiently, and we encourage others to take action now.
The Santa Clara Valley Water District has more than 20 programs to help local residents and businesses increase their water use efficiency. Programs and conservations tips can be found on our Water Conservation web pages, and at save20gallons.org.
The Santa Clara Valley Water District manages an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County's 1.8 million residents. The district effectively manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds and more than 275 miles of streams. We provide wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water directly to homes and businesses throughout Santa Clara County.