Stage 1 water shortage emergency condition declared; ordinances that reduce landfill impact move closer to adoption
Mountain View, Calif. — At the Tuesday, Nov. 9 meeting, the Mountain View City Council took action on several items that have long-term sustainability benefits. These actions involved declaring a Stage 1 water shortage emergency condition to increase water conservation and moving forward on two ordinances – a Food Service Ware Ordinance and a Mandatory Organic Waste Disposal Reduction Ordinance – that aim to reduce the amount of trash that goes into the landfill.
“This week’s actions demonstrate that Mountain View remains committed to sustainability as we support our residents and businesses in adopting sustainable practices and using resources wisely,” said Mayor Ellen Kamei. “One of our seven strategic priorities concerns sustainability and climate resiliency. By conserving water and reducing the amount of food and other solid waste that go to the landfill, we are building a sustainable city for future generations.”
Stage 1 Water Shortage Emergency Condition
Through the Stage 1 declaration, the City of Mountain View is encouraging their water utility customers to voluntarily reduce their water consumption. The City will also expand public outreach to notify customers of the need to conserve water. Actions that residential and business customers can take include reducing their irrigation and participating in the City’s water conservation program, ConserveWater.MountainView.gov.
This drought-related declaration is due to an anticipated decline in San Francisco Regional Water System’s water supply after the State Water Resources Control Board ordered a reduction of water diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Watershed. Mountain View receives approximately 84% of its primary water supply from SFPUC. SFPUC is scheduled to consider declaration of a water shortage emergency on Nov. 23.
The City’s Water Shortage Plan includes four “Stages of Action,” which is implemented based on the demand reduction necessary:
- Stage 1—demand reduction of up to 10%;
- Stage 2—demand reduction of up to 25%;
- Stage 3—demand reduction of up to 40%; and
- Stage 4—demand reduction greater than 40%.
The severity of these restrictions increases with the need for conservation.
Meantime, Cal Water’s Los Altos District, which serves a small number of properties in Mountain View, has scheduled a public meeting for Nov. 17 to discuss moving into Stage 2 of their water shortage contingency plan. CalWater will directly notify affected residents and businesses about any relevant water use restrictions. Cal Water’s declaration does not affect the City of Mountain View’s water supply.
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