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March 18, 2014 > County implementing water conservation measures

County implementing water conservation measures

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson

The County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors directed staff to explore opportunities for addressing water conservation at its Board meeting, including looking at adiabatic distillation, a water extraction technology that condenses water vapor in the air to make water. Concerned about the statewide drought, the County of Santa Clara is actively engaged in water conservation efforts, examining water conservation measures in place at County facilities, working with local and regional partners, and identifying strategies to reduce water use over the next few months. Information about water conservation can be found at

County staff will report to the BoardÕs Housing, Land Use, Environment and Transportation Committee (HLUET) monthly to outline current and future water conservation strategies.

ÒWhile the County has ongoing water efficiency projects to reduce water use in its facilities, we want to explore long-term solutions such as adiabatic distillation,Ó said Supervisor Dave Cortese, Chair of the BoardÕs Environment and Transportation Committee (HLUET).
The County is also joining with local and regional partners, such as Santa Clara Valley Water District that issued a mandatory 20% water use reduction for the Santa Clara County area, and that promotes water conservation as an ongoing effort. The County has created a new web page, that brings together many resources into one place so residents and businesses can find water conservation tips, rebates from local water companies, and County conservation efforts. For daily water conservation tips, go to the web site or follow @SaveOurWater on Twitter.
Santa Clara County businesses and organizations can become partners in the water conservation effort. Go to to become a partner.Ê

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