Residents of this town in the Bay Area can expect a "drying fee" added to their water bills | MCU Times

Residents of this town in the Bay Area can expect a “drying fee” added to their water bills

SAN JOSE, California (CROWN) – In the recent effort to save water, some Santa Clara County residents may soon see an additional charge on their water bills.

Late Wednesday, the California Public Utilities Commission gave final approval to the San Jose Water Company to impose the first drought restrictions since the last major drought in 2016.

One million customers living in San Jose, Cupertino, Campbell, Los Gatos, Saratoga and Monte Sereno are soon expected to receive an additional charge on their water bill if they exceed their allotted amount of water.

San Jose Water’s announcement comes after the valley’s wholesale provider, Valley Water, urged customers to reduce their water consumption by 15% in June.

Arial views of Anderson Lake. Courtesy: Valley Water.

According to water authorities, Santa Clara County remains in extreme drought.

Valley Water announced on Tuesday that its reservoirs are at historic lows with a total capacity of 11%.

State reservoirs are also at historic lows, jeopardizing the supply of imported water.

Despite recent rain showers, there is still a drought situation in force for the entire county.

Water authorities recommend that the easiest way for customers to cut back on water consumption is to limit outdoor irrigation.

The San Jose Water Company says customers could see the drought surcharge on their bills early next year.

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