On June 9, 2021, Valley Water's Board of Directors adopted Resolution 21-86 declaring an emergency water shortage, and calling for water savings of 15% compared to 2019 usage. Click here to learn more.
What is the Town doing?
REDUCED PARK IRRIGATION
Park Irrigation has been identified as the heaviest source of water use for the Town of Los Gatos. In order to meet the call for 15% water reduction, the Town will be reducing irrigation throughout Town parks. Parks have been divided into three areas of irrigation needs as described below.
REDUCED FOUNTAIN HOURS & MEDIAN IRRIGATION
Town Fountain hours will be reduced by 50%, operating only between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
In addition to park turf, medians will also be reduced and monitored as part of the Town's water conservation measures.
The Town of Los Gatos has applied for Valley Water's Commercial Landscape Survey. This survey will evaluate the Town park's current irrigation system, landscape water management, and offer recommendations for improvement. Survey's may also pre-qualify a Town park(s) for Valley Water's Landscape Rebate Program. Residential properties or smaller commercial facilities may also request consultations through Valley Water's Water Wise Outdoor Survey.
ADOPT-A-PLANTER WATER EFFICIENCY
In response to the Drought in 2015, the Town's Adopt-A-Planter Program converted all planter boxes to drip irrigation. During the hot summer months, irrigation is typically dialed up to support the plants survival in the heat. This year the Town will not be increasing irrigation for the summer. Instead, staff will be creating a "How-To" video to assist adoptees with the most efficient planting for drip irrigation that will require less water resources. The Town will also be offering vouchers to volunteers interested in converting to drought tolerant plants in conjunction with planter days to assist with maintenance needs.
In response to Valley Water's declaration issuing an emergency water shortage, the Town of Los Gatos created the #DroughtReadyLG Campaign. This campaign consists of water conservation outreach materials to residents and businesses via the Town's social media platforms as well as this page dedicated to current Drought information, Town water savings measures, residential and commercial water savings tips, Valley Water rebates, interactive tools, and additional resources.
Want to conserve water but not sure where to start? Use the Home Water Works Calculator and discover where to begin your home water conversation efforts! Find useful tips and resources for saving water and money without sacrificing comfort or convenience.
Check out the DIY Energy Savings Toolkit at the Los Gatos Library! This toolkit includes FREE water conservation items such as showerheads, aerators, leak detector tablets, water flow rate bag, and more!
Click here to access the DIY Home Energy Saving Toolkit User Guide
VALLEY WATER REBATES
Valley Water offers many rebates for water conservation, ranging from landscape rebates (residential and commercial) to greywater rebates. If eligible, residents and businesses can get paid to save! Click here to learn more about eligibility requirements and apply today!
WATER CONSERVATION TIPS & RESOURCES
Valley Water's www.saveourwater.com site makes water conservation a way of life. Detect and fix leaks, shorten showers, convert to a drought-tolerant landscaping, install water-efficient fixtures, and more!