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Santa Clara Valley Water District Helps Businesses Save Water, Cash

By Marianne Favro
|  Friday, Apr 4, 2014  |  Updated 7:59 PM PDT
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South Bay businesses are saving money while helping the state battle a severe drought thanks to the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Marianne Favro reports.

South Bay businesses are saving money while helping the state battle a severe drought thanks to the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Marianne Favro reports.

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South Bay businesses are saving money while helping the state battle a severe drought thanks to the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

The district offers a program where specialists visit businesses and provide ideas on how to conserve water.

"We're getting 50 percent more calls than we were getting," said Karen Koppett, a water conservation specialist for the district.

Adobe was one of the businesses that reached out to the district. The software company installed natural grass, which uses less water than a traditional lawn, after going through the water conservation program.

Other businesses, including Ice Center of Cupertino, are also making changes to conserve water.

Last month, ice collected for the rink was melted using tap water from several shower heads.

The center now uses a new snow melt re-circulation system that reuses water -- an estimated saving of 2.2 million gallons of water per year.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District also gave the Cupertino ice rink an $11,000 rebate for saving water. The business will also likely save hundreds of dollars on its monthly water bills, officials said.

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