Flood In San Jose

Hey, San Jose Government: Can I water my lawn now?


Water Use Rules for Residents

Outdoor Water Conservation Rules & Recommendations*

Outdoor water use is probably the easiest place to reduce water use since it accounts for roughly half of the average water bill. Please follow these rules:

Be cool – water when it’s cool, by HAND held hose with an automatic shut off nozzle or irrigation system before 10:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. With a SPRINKLER system, water before 10:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. only on three designated days:

Odd numbered addresses may water on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays;
Even numbered addresses may water on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays;
Properties without an address may water on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Watering outdoors at other times is not allowed. Less evaporation occurs in the cooler evening and early morning hours — so you can use less water and your plants and landscape will absorb more of it.
Lawns are incredibly resilient and can tolerate the dry conditions of summer, if left alone. Letting your lawn go dormant and turn brown is okay. The grass will bounce back when rainfall and cool temperatures return in the fall and winter months. Learn more lawn watering tips.

Be a sharp shooter — with automatic shut-off nozzles. Cars can be washed at home, but only using hoses with a nozzle that shuts off automatically when the handle is released. This helps you aim and control the water and can save many gallons.
Be quick — fix water leaks as soon as possible. Fix visible leaks as soon as possible. If notified of a leak in your system, fix it within 5 working days. Visit our leaks page to find out how to detect water leaks and fix them.
Be in control — don’t let water flow into gutters or streets. Beyond minor splashing of surfaces, sprinkler and drip systems and hand watering that cause water to flow into gutters and streets or that make large puddles is not allowed.
Be a sweeper — sweep hard surfaces. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, or other hard surfaces. Note: Hosing is allowed when health and safety issues are a concern.
Be frugal — water less often and consider rebates. Many plants can survive on less water, especially when the weather starts to cool. Consider replacing lawns and thirsty plants with drought tolerant landscaping and get a rebate from the Santa Clara Valley Water District! For more information visit www .valleywater.org.
Be resourceful — don’t water after it rains. Watering outdoors within 48 hours after measurable rain is not allowed.

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19 Responses to Flood In San Jose

  1. omanuel says:

    Thanks for documenting the inherent stupidity of tyrannical governments.

  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    Ah yes. We had the same stupidity in South Australia. Everybody desperate to save water, except the Water Board for it turned out that they ‘lost’ more water in Adelaide than the population of 1.2 million used. Inadequate infrastructure leading to Adelaide being called “the burst water main capital of Australia”.
    Their response was to increase water bills. And guess what? Last year was a wet year in S.A. with floods.

  3. Gail Combs says:

    After the way San Jose treated Trump supporters at the rally in their City all I have to say is Karma is a Witch!

    San Jose Police Chief Who Admits ALLOWING ATTACKS on Trump Supporters is Affiliated With La Raza

    San Jose Police Chief Says: Community Criticizing Him For Doing “Too much to protect Trump supporters”

    …Obviously the San Jose law enforcement community anticipated the violent activity because they scheduled undercover police officers to mingle with the mob.

    Unfortunately, the undercover agents only documented the beatings and did nothing to stop them when they were happening.

    Those San Jose undercover officers described the scenes in recently released written affidavits including “Trump supporters were running for their lives“…..

    San Jose Firefighters REFUSED TO HELP Pleading Teen Trump Supporter Fleeing Terror Mob

    Donald Trump Supporters Terrorized By Raging Mobs In San Jose – A Democrat Mayor and Police Chief Watched It All

    Whoops, San Jose Democrat Mayor Admits “The Ferguson Effect” is Real That is the police rather stand and watch a Trump support be beaten bloody rather than intervene especially since the Mayor and Police chief are both members of La Raza.

    The Ferguson effect

    …violent crime is up in many American cities because officers are backing off of proactive policing. I have dubbed this double phenomenon of de-policing and the resulting crime increase the “Ferguson effect,” picking up on a phrase first used by St. Louis’s police chief.

    Violence began increasing in the second half of 2014, after two decades of decline. The Major Cities Chiefs Association convened an emergency session in August 2015 to discuss the double-digit surge in violent felonies besetting its member police departments.

    The violence continued into fall 2015, prompting Attorney General Loretta Lynch to summon more than 100 police chiefs, mayors and federal prosecutors in another emergency meeting to strategize over the rising homicide rates.

    Arrests, summonses and pedestrian stops were dropping in many cities, where data on such police activity were available. Arrests in St. Louis City and County, for example, fell by a third after the shooting of Michael Brown. Misdemeanor drug arrests fell by two-thirds in Baltimore through November 2015.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told Lynch that his officers were going “fetal”: “They have pulled back from the ability to interdict,” he said. “They don’t want to be a news story themselves, they don’t want their career ended early, and it’s having an impact.”

    2015 closed with a 17 percent increase in homicides in the 56 largest cities, a nearly unprecedented one-year spike. Twelve cities with large black populations saw murders rise anywhere from 54 percent in the case of the District to 90 percent in Cleveland. Baltimore’s per capita murder rate was the highest in its history in 2015.

    Robberies also surged in the 81 largest cities in the 12 months after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo…..

  4. LG says:

    Drone footage of the flood in San Jose.


  5. H.R. says:

    Ummm… does the City of San Jose have an helpful tips for flooding?

    Probably something along the lines of, “In the event of flooding, residents must still adhere to their designated watering days. Just because God sends a flood of Biblical proportions is not an excuse to water on your prohibited days.”

    (wOw! That’s some serious flooding in town!)

  6. R. de Haan says:

    They can finally organize a duck race in their own backyard, beer tab and BBQ on stelts.

    It could’t happen to a more deserving city councel.

    It’s almost like snow in the Sahara.

  7. R. de Haan says:

    Duck Race

  8. andysaurus says:

    Do you know the way to San Jose?
    Jump in a boat and float down that-a-way.
    (with aplologies to Bert)

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  10. M Simon says:

    omanuel says:
    23 February 2017 at 4:42 am

    Investigative reporter, Jon Rappoport, confirms the problem:

    Thank you for that.

  11. philjourdan says:

    I bet those auto sprinkler systems still went off on schedule. However due to Moonbeam, they were probably only at government facilities.

  12. LG says:

    California DWR March 1st 2017 Snow Survey, Phillip’s Station .
    Ominous snow melt looming.

  13. E.M.Smith says:

    Lucky for San Jose, it isn’t downstream of snow.
    The Central Valley and Oroville however, will have an interesting spring…

  14. LG says:

    … and to add to the angst,

    Geologists Warn Of Quake Risks From Snowpack, Rising Reservoirs

    There are two ways a reservoir can cause an earthquake. A rapid filling or emptying of a lake can change the weight pushing on a fault, which can make an earthquake more likely, said Bill Leith, acting associate director on natural hazards at the USGS.
    Especially for a reservoir as large as Oroville, it’s a huge weight on the crust that’s basically being pulled up and down on an annual cycle. So it wouldn’t be surprising if there were earthquakes associated with that,” Leith said. “The rapid filling, I just think it increases the risk. … I would expect that a rapid rise or a rapid fall in the water level would be much more likely to trigger earthquakes.”
    The second way a reservoir can cause an earthquake is from added pressure. Water trickling deep into the earth can increase pressure underground that makes it easier for faults to move, according to seismologist Lucy Jones.
    “The pressure in the water sort of pushes the fault back apart,” Jones said. The added water pressure underground essentially unclamps a fault — like loosening a vice that keeps two blocks of rocks stuck together — in a way that makes it easier for the earth to move.
    It can take years for water to filter down into the deep crevices of the earth and add fluid pressure around the fault, Leith said. The dramatic fluctuation in reservoir levels in 1975 may have been the trigger point for the earthquake that year.

    As proof of the added risk from flooding, geologists point to a series of earthquakes that occurred around Lake Oroville in the mid-70s after an urgent dam repair required a rapid draining and subsequent refilling of the reservoir.

    Lake Oroville had been filled before. What made the winter of 1974-75 unusual was that water levels had to be reduced to their lowest level since the reservoir was first filled to repair intakes to the hydroelectric power plant.

    Months later, there was an unprecedented refilling of the lake that ended in June 1975.

    Then the earthquakes started.

    Instead of fewer than five earthquakes a month in a zone within 25 miles from the dam, as had been the case for the previous year, June and July suddenly saw more than 10 earthquakes each month.

    Then the largest earthquake in the sequence hit: a magnitude 5.7 on Aug. 1, 1975. It was strong enough to crack plaster and walls in Oroville and was felt as far away as San Francisco and Sacramento, where the Capitol’s dome suffered minor damage
    . The 50-person staff of Treasurer Jesse Unruh was ordered to evacuate its office.

    That August became a banner month for earthquakes around Oroville Dam — more than 3,000 temblors were recorded, before fading to more than 700 a month later and over 100 by October.

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    Ah, yes. I remember the 5 ish when it was first filled (I was 12 miles away at home), and was in Sacramento when the other one on the refill happened. The nice thing is that a 5 ish is sort of fun, but not a risk.

    It just can’t generate enough energy to break anything of importance given our geology.

    People get excited and run around. You need to repair some surface finishes that were too brittle for their underlayment. It makes all the news. People call you up from the other side of the continent, or sometimes the world, to check on you. They seem disappointing when you say: “There was a quake? Oh, let me check the news… Yeah, looks like there was one…”

    I guess I’m just another jaded Californian. If it isn’t a 6+ I don’t really notice or care. I’ve notched a 7. Now I’m only going to get excited if it’s a 7.5 or greater, and preferably an 8 something. I have so arranged my life that I’m not right on top of a fault for any of those, and don’t work in high-rise buildings. A wood frame single story about 20 miles from the nearest fault is a fine place to be for enjoying a 7+ quake. But honestly, I’d really like to be outdoors with tall trees during an 8. I was outdoors once when right on top of a 5.6 or so. Tall signs at the ARCO station swaying “robustly”. Cars and trucks bouncing on their springs in the parking lot. Really liked that one. It would be a treat to see 100 foot tall redwoods swaying to the S wave…

    Sick Puppy? Naw… I’ve just lived here a very long time and, well, you get used to it… fond of it even…

  16. LG says:

    I presume you’re 20 EAST of the San Andreas …
    Were inside/outside during the Loma Pietra ?

  17. E.M.Smith says:

    I am between the San Andreas and the Hayward / Calaveras on solid ground (no liquefaction or bowl of jello amplification). It is a small area on the USGS soil maps ;-)

    Yes, I studied the maps before choosing my spot…. Ought to be sound up to about a 7.8 and maybe more, which is about the biggest you can get on either fault system in this segment.

    During the Loma Prieta quake, I was inside at Apple HQ very near the faultline. Single story slab foundation concrete poured walls… that we in black humor called “Tilt-up Fall-down” construction. The walls are poured as slabs on the ground then “tilted up” and bolted. They were prone to falling down in a mild shake, so most of them were retrofit with diagonal bracing of some kind.

    I would estimate the San Andreas as about 5 to 10? miles away and the epicenter was about 15? sort of South East. It was an exciting ride… Using google maps and centering on the present Apple HQ in Cupertino would put you about 1/4 mile from my building then, so anyone wanting exact distances can “go for it”… Roughly De Anza Blvd / Mariani at I-280 fwy.

    The guys in the (then new) 9 story building on the top floors got thrown around much worse. The building survives by swaying, so you are a ping-pong ball inside a cubical paddle… While I was standing up “surfing the P wave” and enjoying it on “concrete on ground” slab.

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