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San Jose Water Company Proposes Landscaping Restrictions for Conservation

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    The San Jose Water Company is ramping up its efforts to get customers in conservation mode. Marianne Favro reports.

    The San Jose Water Company is ramping up its efforts to get customers in conservation mode.

    The move comes after the Santa Clara Valley Water District asked South Bay water users to cut usage by 20 percent.

    "We're regulated by the PUC so as part of the process we asked the PUC to allow us to implement landscaping restrictions for our customers to reach that 20 percent target," said John Tang, San Jose Water Company spokesman.

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    If the landscaping restrictions are approved, San Jose water officials would ask customers to do the following:

    • Repair leaks within five days
    • Don't wash down sidewalks or patios
    • Only water on assigned days
    • Stop watering during the day

    Officials said half of all household water use goes toward landscaping.

    The San Jose Water Company said it is only requesting conservation, meaning no fines.

    Officials also said they have a plan for dealing with the worst water wasters.

    "If there are egregious water wasters then we will have the ability to go to the customer and talk to them about conserving," Tang said. "Or if need be switch them to low or and/or shut off their service."