Comparison of Total Water Usage

  • 2013 (CCF)
  • 2018 (CCF)
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Monthly Savings!
Did you know?
-10 drips per minute wastes 500 gallons of water per year which = 11 bathtubs of water
-1 drip per second wastes 3,0000 gallons of water per year which = 66 bathtubs of water
-Toilets that are constantly running wastes 72,800 gallons of water per year which over 4 backyard pools of water
Has your monthly water bill been unusually high? If so, these causes might be the reason:
-A leaking toilet, or a toilet that continues to run after being flushed
-A dripping faucet; a faucet drip can waste 20 gallons of water a day or more
-Filling or topping off a swimming pool
-Watering the lawn, new grass, or trees; also check for an open hose spigots
-Water-cooled air conditioners
-A broken water pipe or obvious leak; check the pipes in the basement or crawlspace; the water heater could also be leaking
-Running the water to avoid freezing water pipes during cold weather
Streams Diameter at 60 PSIGallons Wasted per DayWater Cost per Month at $0.0069 per gallon ($5.13 per 1 HCF)Water Cost per Bi-Monthly Billing Period
1/4" or 6.5 mm14,952.003,095.066,190.13
3/16" or 4.8 mm8,424.001,743.773,487.54
1/8" or 3.2 mm3,096.00640.871,281.74
1/16" or 1.6 mm360.0074.52149.04

Cleaning Hard Surfaces
Do not use Potable Water to clean any hard surfaces, such as sidewalks, streets, buildings, and parking lots.

Motor Vehicle Washing
Do not use a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use.

Runoff
Do not use Potable water in a manner that causes runoff where water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures.

Outdoor Watering
Do not use Potable Water for watering or irrigation of any plants, lawn, grass, landscaping or turf areas except between the hours of 6:00 p.m. through 9:00 a.m. and for no more than four (4) days during any seven-day period. The days of watering are based on street address:

  • Address Ending in Odd Number: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
  • Address Ending in Even Number: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday
  • No address: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday

Do not apply Potable Water to any outdoor plants, lawn, grass, landscaping or turf areas during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.

Water Features and Fountains
Do not use Potable Water for cleaning, filling, or operating water features, such as decorative fountains, except where the water is part of a recirculating system.

Pools & Spas
Pools and spas shall be covered when not in use to prevent evaporation.

Construction
Do not use Potable Water for construction purposes including dust control and compaction.

Serving Drinking Water
The serving of drinking water is prohibited other than upon request in eating or drinking establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, bars, or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased.

To get more information on the drought, water use restrictions, or to report water waste call the City of Milpitas Water Conservation Hotline at 408-586-2666, or visit SaveWaterMilpitas.org

Notice from: City of Milpitas Department of Public Works
Regarding: Ordinance 240.7 Title VIII Chapter 6 Section 3
Adopted: January 16, 2018

In accordance to council meeting held on January 16, 2018, the City of Milpitas has updated the Milpitas Water Conservation Ordinance. The City has decreased the call for conservation from the previous 10% to 0%.

Please read the City Water Conservation Muni Code for potable water use restrictions and details.

Notice from: City of Milpitas Department of Public Works
Regarding: Ordinance 240.6 Title VIII Chapter 6 Section 3
Adopted: June 21, 2017

In accordance to council meeting held on June 20, 2017, the City of Milpitas has updated the Milpitas Water Conservation Ordinance. The City has decreased the call for conservation from the previous 20% to 10% and now adhering to a four (4) day irrigation schedule.

Please read the City Water Conservation Muni Code for potable water use restrictions and details.

Notice from: State Water Resources Control Board
Regarding: Drought Executive Order
Adopted: April 7, 2017

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. ended the drought state of emergency in most of California today (See Press Release), state agencies will release a long-term plan to better prepare the state for future droughts and make conservation a California way of life.

Notice from: State Water Resources Control Board
Regarding: Emergency Conservation Regulation
Adopted: February 8, 2017

Recognizing persistent yet less severe drought conditions throughout California, on February 8, 2017, the State Water Board adopted an emergency water conservation regulation to amend and extend the May 18, 2016 regulation. The May 2016 regulation replaced the prior percentage reduction-based water conservation standards with a localized supply reliability “stress test” approach. The majority of urban water suppliers reported sufficient supplies to meet demand under three additional dry years and are not subject to state conservation mandates. The amended regulation allows certain suppliers the opportunity to submit or resubmit their water supply reliability assessments by March 15, 2017 and it does not require mandatory conservation unless water suppliers determine that they have a shortfall. Prohibitions against home owners associations (HOAs) penalizing homeowners for certain outdoor conservation practices during a declared drought remain and similar requirements are extended to cities and counties. The extension maintains urban water supplier monthly reporting and basic water conservation measures.
As directed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in Executive Order B-37-16, the Board will separately take action to make reporting and wasteful water practices permanent

Visit State Water Resource Control Board for more information.

Notice from: City of Milpitas Department of Public Works
Regarding: Council Votes to Reduce Water Use to 20%
Adopted: August 16, 2016

On August 16, 2016, the Milpitas City Council found there to be a continued significant water shortage for Milpitas residents, businesses and the community, and took action to achieve continued water conservation. The Milpitas City Council directed the implementation of water demand reduction measures with the goal of reducing system wide water use by twenty percent (20%) from 2013 water consumption levels. Further, the Milpitas City Council implemented Stage One of the Water Shortage Contingency Plan and continued implementation of water conservation measures as required by State law.

Notice from: State Water Resources Control Board
Regarding: State Emergency Regulations
Adopted: May 18, 2016

Recognizing persistent yet less severe drought conditions throughout California, on May 18, 2016, the State Water Board adopted an emergency water conservation regulation that replaces the February 2 emergency regulation. The May 2016 regulation that will be in effect from June 2016 through January 2017 requires locally developed conservation standards based upon each agency’s specific circumstances.

Adopted text of the Emergency Regulation (adopted 5/18/16)

Residents and businesses in the City of Milpitas are able to participate in rebate programs offered by the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD). For the latest information on program details and availability, please visit the SCVWD web site at the following links.

For Your Home

Residential Rebates

Graywater Laundry to Landscape

High-Efficiency Toilet Information

For Your School or Business

Business Programs and Rebates

Submeter Rebate Program

Commercial and Apartment High-Efficiency Toilet Program

Custom and Measured Rebate Program for Businesses

For Your Landscape

Landscape Conversion

Irrigation Equipment Upgrade

Landscape Survey Program

 

For assistance accessing these programs, please call the City of Milpitas Water Conservation Hotline at 408-586-2666.