Water budgets and drought fees coming to 1 million residents in San Jose and neighboring communities

Sprinklers water grass along Calaveras Boulevard on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Milpitas, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

In the latest fallout from the worsening drought, residents of San Jose — which received the lowest rainfall in its recorded history last year — and surrounding communities are about to be given tougher water conservation rules than any major city in California.

The San Jose Water Company, a private firm that provides drinking water to 1 million people in San Jose, Cupertino, Campbell, Los Gatos, Saratoga and Monte Sereno, has begun sending notices to residents informing them it is moving forward with mandatory

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