gmhTODAY 14 gmhToday May June 2017 - Page 17

water-saving household appliances and fixtures. Shifting to drought- tolerant landscaping and water-efficient irrigation systems including those with weather-based controllers. Collecting rainwater and reusing graywater in outdoor gardens. Morgan Hill has been working with other cities, Santa Clara County, the water district, and other partners on a model new development ordinance that, if implemented, will encourage use of: hot water recirculation systems, pool covers, use of non-potable water for non-potable applications such as toilet flushing and irrigation, landscape meters, and other water-conserving measures. Existing city ordinances call for water conservation by adhering to seasonal landscape watering schedules, replacing inefficient fixtures and appliances, reducing system leakage and runoff, and eliminating water-wasting practices such as hosing down sidewalks. It’s unrealistic for us to expect water system improvements without water rate increases. Our water flows from the tap at less than half a cent per gal- lon. Compare that with $4 or $5 for a gallon of milk or $50 for the equivalent amount of an average California wine. In Morgan Hill, the average single- family monthly utility bill (water and wastewater services) will increase by approximately $31.00 over the five-year period from 2016 to 2020. In Gilroy, the increase will be approximately $15 over the five-year period from 2015 to 2019. Both cities have been hosting community workshops, surveys, and public hearings to make the water man- agement planning process transparent and encourage residents to inform themselves and make their voices heard. We are fortunate to have scientists, engineers, policymakers, environmental- ists, and others working to improve our water management and infrastructure so that we will have a reliable supply of safe, clean water in the years ahead. They need our continued commitment to make conservation a way of life. Your home Tertiary treated recycled water Wastewater treatment plant Secondary treated recycled water Today Purification center Recycled water Enhanced recycled water Agriculture Landscape Industrial Future possibilities Future possibilities Purified Water Tomorrow Drinking water treatment plant Groundwater Your home Your home Source: Santa Clara Valley Water District gmh TODAY would like to acknowledge Morgan Hill City Manager Steve Rymer, Morgan Hill Environmental Programs Manager Anthony Eulo, Gilroy City Administrator Gabriel Gonzalez, Lori Pottinger at the Public Policy Institute of California, Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Chair and District 1 Director John Varela, and Santa Clara Valley Water District Spokesperson Marty Grimes for providing information for this article. Online Resources State of California Department of Water Resources • State Water Resources Control Board • City of Gilroy • City of Morgan Hill • Santa Clara Valley Water District • GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN MAY/JUNE 2017 17