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Letter from the Mayor - Drought Action

Post Date:04/14/2015 4:21 PM


Letter from the Mayor - Drought Action

Dear Friends & Neighbors~

As many of you know, on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the Governor delivered an Executive Order to immediately reduce water use by 25 percent statewide due to the lowest snowpack ever recorded in California history. This is an issue that affects everyone – town facilities, schools, businesses and us, in our homes. We are all in this together and I’m calling on you to do your part to reduce your water use.

We aren’t yet certain about the exact percentage of reduction that the State Water Board will require for our water district, or the specific regulations, but this is our chance to get ahead of the regulations and make our own individual plan to reduce water use.

The good news is we have a great team working on this issue including town staff, the Water Conservation Committee, and Cal Water (our service provider) that will provide guidance and tools in the coming weeks and months.

In the meantime, here are a few things you can do immediately to save water:

  • Understand your water use. This tool will calculate your household per capita water use – visit:
  • Reduce your irrigation to two days per week and only water between 8 pm and 8 am. 70 percent of all of our water use at home is attributed to outdoor irrigation!
  • Check for leaks around your house – especially running toilets and broken sprinkler heads – visit:

Rest assured, town staff and the Water Conservation Committee will continue to monitor the drought situation closely, and we will keep you posted as more information unfolds over the next few weeks and months.

For the latest information and more ideas on how to save water, please visit

I hope you will join me in taking conscious steps to be part of the solution by conserving water today.


Jeff Aalfs
Mayor, Town of Portola Valley

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