SAN LUIS RESERVOIR, MERCED COUNTY, CA – SEPTEMBER 16: Low water levels at the San Luis Reservoir in Merced County, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. The reservoir stores water for Santa Clara County and other areas. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
The Santa Clara Valley Water District, which is the main wholesale water provider in Santa Clara County, on June 9 declared a drought emergency and called on all residents to reduce water use 15% from 2019 levels to preserve supplies.
In August, the most recent month for which data is available, countywide water use dropped by 9%. That was an
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