California ended its voluntary statewide target, triggering concerns from experts that many water supplies remain depleted. In Santa Clara County, Valley Water is to reveal its local water outlook in mid-April.
Warning that the water supply will shrink by 10% due to climate change, Newsom set targets for recycled water and increased storage. But deadlines are distant, details are scant and there is no conservation.
After record-breaking snowfall in December, January and February were likely the driest on record, prolonging California’s drought. In Silicon Valley, the conditions could mean tightening restrictions and increasing rebates to reduce water use.