The State Water Resources Control Board issued its draft recommendations for mandatory water cuts for the various CA jurisdictions today. If I’m reading it correctly, they are telling Sunnyvale to achieve an additional 16% reduction in water use. They based their cuts on needing to reduce urban water usage by 25%, adjusted according to how much jurisdictions have voluntarily reduced their water use in recent years. In other words, areas that have already cut back aren’t being penalized for the work they’ve already done, and areas that have not are being told to do their share.
We will be addressing this in Council in the next few weeks, after staff has digested this and the legal requirements and developed a specific plan.