Calero Reservoir in South Bay only at 35.9% capacity despite rain


It’s going to take a lot more rain to help South Bay reservoirs that altogether are filled only a little more than a quarter of what they can hold.

The Bay Area had some rain last week, but it was not enough to saturate the ground for any runoff.

In San Jose, water officials hope upcoming winter storms can help the Bay Area out.

The Calero Reservoir in San Jose is one of several sources of water for Santa Clara County. Although this, along with the rest, is pretty low this time of year, water officials tell KRON4 there’s no reason to be too concerned and they’re welcoming this next round of wet weather.

Calero Reservoir is one of 10 serving Santa Clara County along with groundwater sources that provide tap water for the community.

Right now, it stands at 35.9 percent capacity, and altogether, the reservoirs in the area are only at a 27 percent average for capacity.

But Santa Clara Valley Water District Spokesperson Marty Grimes says it’s nothing to worry about.

“We’re a little lower than normal for this time of year,” Grimes said. “We do expect this time of year that our reservoirs are generally low because we do want to capture a lot of winter rain in those reservoirs. So, we’ve been using water all year long to help recharge our groundwater basins or to feed our water treatment plants so the 27 percent is lower than normal, but its nothing to be alarmed about.”

And Grimes reminds us to continue to conserve water despite the fact that we’re out of a drought.

There is a state law that says you must turn off your irrigation systems when it rains and wait two days after it stops to turn them back on.

“It’s one of the things that drives us a little bananas when we see sprinkler systems on in the middle of a rainstorm,” Grimes said. “So, we are happy that it’s now a statewide regulation.”



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