Albeit performing outstandingly with view to water saving mandates, San Jose must follow the state water conservation target.
Since California Governor Jerry Brown signed on the state drought regulations last year, 990,000 San Jose residents and some communities in Silicon Valley have performed outstandingly in following the burgeoning water conservation rules.
However, also last year, the California water conservation rules were appealed by San Jose Water customers. San Jose Water is a private water providing company which serves approximately 80 percent of the residents of San Jose in addition to residents of Cupertino, Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga.
According to the appeal, the water conservation targets were unfairly targeting single-family homes. The penalties and extra charges added for surpassing the quotas wouldn’t affect apartment buildings, businesses or condominiums, according to the pleas of the San Jose Water customers.
However, in light of the drought regulations signed by Governor Jerry Brown, the appeal was dismissed. The California Public Utilities Commission decided through a vote of 5 to 0 that the appeal of the San Jose Water customers would be rejected. As such, San Jose must follow the state water conservation target. Moreover, the drought water conservation and water use targets shall continue to be implemented for the duration of the California conservation mandate.
The appeal filed by the San Jose Water customers wasn’t the only one last year. The Office of Ratepayer Advocates, a California consumer agency filed a second appeal on the basis that the water use rules are:
“Discriminatory, unfair and unreasonable”.
The basis referred to an implied discrimination between industrial and commercial water consumers. As in the first case, the California Public Utilities Commission rejected the appeal. The argument for the rejection took the form of protecting job growth in South Bay and the Silicon Valley.
Under the statewide mandate signed by Governor Jerry Brown each water district, city and water company must comply with certain conservation targets. San Jose Water water consumption is mainly derived from residential customers. The San Jose private water company did comply with the targets. Since June 2015 through January 2016, the water use was cut back by 32.2 percent. Statewide, the average water cut was calculated at 24.8 percent.
Despite the water conservation rules imposed on San Jose being stricter than those in other areas, residential customers did a great job in complying with the targets. Nonetheless, San Jose must follow the state water conservation target.
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