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South Bay Fails to Meet 20 Percent Water Reduction Goal: Data

By Marianne Favro
|  Thursday, Jun 12, 2014  |  Updated 6:12 PM PDT
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New numbers show South Bay residents are not doing enough to conserve water during California's severe drought. Marianne Favro reports.

New numbers show South Bay residents are not doing enough to conserve water during California's severe drought. Marianne Favro reports.

New numbers show South Bay residents are not doing enough to conserve water during California's severe drought.

Santa Clara Valley Water District officials said the region is seeing a 12 percent reduction in water use through April -- well below the 20-percent conservation goal set by the district and governor.

Meanwhile, Gilroy saw a 32 percent drop in water use in April compared to the same month last year.

The San Jose Water Company is the South Bay's largest water provider. The company cut use by 16 percent.

Water usage in Milpitas and Santa Clara were cut by 10 percent and 9 percent, respectively.

"That doesn't tell the whole picture because the City of Santa Clara relies heavily on recycled water," said Chris Degroot, Santa Clara's director of water and sewer utilities.

Degroot added that 15 percent of Santa Clara's water is recycled water. The city plans to convert a 1.5 million gallon pond in Central Park to recycled water, Degroot said.

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