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[Slashdot] - Key Silicon Valley Reservoir To Be Completely Drained Due To Earthquake Risk

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schwit1 shares a report from Bakersfield Californian: In a dramatic decision that could significantly impact Silicon Valley's water supply, federal dam regulators have ordered Anderson Reservoir, the largest reservoir in Santa Clara County, to be completely drained starting Oct. 1. The 240-foot earthen dam, built in 1950 and located east of Highway 101 between Morgan Hill and San Jose, poses too great of a risk of collapse during a major earthquake, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which regulates dams, has concluded. Anderson Reservoir is owned by the Santa Clara Valley Water District, a government agency based in San Jose. When full, it holds 89,278 acre feet of water -- more than all other nine dams operated by the Santa Clara Valley Water District combined. "With these new requirements, we expect to see an impact to groundwater basins that are replenished with water released from Anderson Reservoir, including South County and southern San Jose," Norma Camacho, the water district's CEO, said. "Staff is already exploring other sources of water that will have to come from outside of the county. While residents have done an excellent job of conserving water since 2013, another drought during this time frame could require everyone to significantly decrease their water use."

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