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File #: ROGC 21-778    Version: 1
Type: Rules Committee Reviews, Recommendations and Approvals Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 10/8/2021 In control: Joint Meeting for the Rules and Open Government Committee and Committee of the Whole
On agenda: 10/13/2021 Final action:
Title: Water Shortage Declaration. (Mayor, Jimenez, Peralez, Carrasco, Davis)
Attachments: 1. Memorandum, 2. Early Consideration Response Form
...Title
Water Shortage Declaration. (Mayor, Jimenez, Peralez, Carrasco, Davis)
...Recommendations
Direct the City Manager to:
1. Pursuant to San Jose Municipal Code Section 15.10.300, et seq, declare by resolution a state of water shortage at the 15% level, requiring the imposition of restrictions, including the use of water for outdoor landscape irrigation to no more than two days a week, and any other restrictions deemed appropriate by the City Manager to simplify and make uniform any conflicting restrictions imposed by Valley Water District and the three water retailers that operate in San Jose.
a. Return to Council with a specific watering schedule that will facilitate ease of compliance, and where necessary, enforcement-for example, prohibiting landscape watering on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
b. Decline to cite or fine anyone for a first violation, reserving sanctions for repeat offenders who have received multiple notifications of violations, as deemed appropriate by Staff.
c. Return to Council with an outreach strategy, such as a proposed deployment of Resilience Corps members, including multilingual outreach--using the additional funding allocated through the state budget to California’s largest 13 cities-who can notify residents about:
1. the City’s restrictions,
2. turf replacement and greywater rebates and other incentives,
3. free water-saving devices and services available through water retailers and Valley Water District,
4. free water-wise surveys,
5. how to reset devices for landscape irrigation;
6. and inform residents with door-drop hangers or flyers about their noncompliance and provide information to City Staff.
d. Return to Council to discuss alternatives for imposing more restrictive rules during the winter when watering is less necessary for landscape--i.e., restrictions of 1 or even 0 days per week-to better buttress our water supply for an uncertain 2022.
e. Among other rules the City Manager should consider for a recommendation, ...

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