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New Water Conservation Committee Website & Tool

Post Date:04/24/2015 11:48 AM

New Water Conservation Committee launches website to prepare Portola Valley residents

for first-ever mandatory drought restrictions


For Immediate Release                                                                                            Contact: Brandi de Garmeaux
April 24, 2015                                                                                                         650-851-1700 ext. 222

PORTOLA VALLEY, CA – On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, Governor Brown delivered an Executive Order to immediately reduce statewide water use by 25 percent due to the lowest snowpack ever recorded in California history. To help Portola Valley residents reduce their water use immediately, the Town of Portola Valley and the Portola Valley Water Conservation Committee are introducing a new water conservation website:

“We aren’t yet certain about the exact percentage of reduction that the State Water Board will require of 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.” ~Jeff Aalfs, Mayor, Town of Portola Valley.

Created over the past few months by members of the Water Conservation Task force, now the Water Conservation Committee, the new website includes up-to-date information about the drought conditions facing California, current regulations, as well as useful tips and tools to help conserve water at home. The site also includes articles on water-saving ideas, rainwater capture, graywater systems, water-efficient landscaping tips, and smart irrigation, plus a water usage calculator!

The Committee developed the water usage calculator to help residents estimate their household, per capita and landscape water consumption. Since up to 70% of Portola Valley residential water usage is attributed to outdoor irrigation, there are many opportunities to reduce consumption, including minimizing overwatering and fixing leaks. This handy tool will help residents determine where their biggest water-saving opportunities lie:

The new water use restrictions are expected to go into effect starting June 1st and the Water Conservation Committee hopes that every Portola Valley resident will make use of the tips and tools on the website to start thinking about how they are going to achieve those reductions.

Check out the new website at to discover easy ways to save water with little impact on your lifestyle. Check back frequently as more information gets added!


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