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PG&E Shaded Fuel Break / Evacuation Route Grant Project Update

To the Community Members of Chemeketa Park,

The PG&E Grant monies have been spent and the grant project has been completed. In total PG&E provided $8,100 towards the tree trimming and brush clearing in our community. We all should thank PG&E and the Santa Clara County Fire Safe Council for their continued efforts in making our community safer from fire.

Check it out!

As you walk down Comanche Trail starting at Bunny.s Corner and then walking along Apache Trail see how the area looks now. Additionally, there was some clearing of brush and scraggly trees from around the Clubhouse. Not only do these areas look better, they are also safer from the danger of fire and will significantly improve emergency ingress and egress.

PG&E  and the SCCFire Safe Council have stepped up twice now with money and support for this most recent project and the first PG&E project that occurred five or so years ago. Remember the .Evacuation Route. and SOD tree removal along the .Lower Ogallala. entrance and up to Crow Trail? Several years have passed since and most of us don.t even remember what it looked like back then, do we? There were well over twenty dead trees in the area that were removed. The removal of those trees and the underlying brush significantly reduced the fire fuel load along Lower Ogallala Warpath.

Soon, there will be additional grant monies available for projects similar to the PG&E Grant project just completed. The Santa Clara County Fire Safe Council is the prime facilitator for project coordination and distribution of grant monies throughout the portions of Santa Clara County in the .Wildland Urban Interface. areas, .WUI.. Keep an eye out for additional information.

Just in case you aren.t sure what living in the .WUI. looks like. Stand out in your yard and look around. We live in the .WUI..

In the meantime, start talking with your neighbors about .shaded fuel break. and .defensible space. projects around your homes. Get 4,5 or 6 of you that live next to each other and appoint a spokesperson to represent your group and present your plan to the CPMWC BoD.s. Contact the board through the website. We will then meet with you and help finalize what type of work can be done. This preplanning will allow us to move swiftly and complete the work in a timely manner. Frequently the grant monies become available on short notice and have a very limited availability window. You should start this process now!

See more Fire Safety information here.


Fire Safety message from the board

Dear Neighbors:

Early this summer, we had another house fire in Chemeketa Park.  We are very lucky that the fire was able to be contained to the building of origin. The homeowner was at home when the incident occurred and promptly called 9 1 1. Thus enabling our local fire agencies to quickly respond to the residential structure fire before the situation spread to surrounding homes and vegetation. The Santa Clara County Fire Department and CalFire responded with eight engines, three Battalion Chiefs, a fire investigator and Copter 106, from the Alma Fire Station. Copter 106 dropped several hundred gallons of water when fire spread to a tree next to the home.  We are truly grateful to our local fire departments for their fast response and valiant efforts.

While it is true that summer is almost over, we are still in the midst of a record-breaking drought and one of the worst fire seasons in our state.s history.  The vegetation is extremely dry, and we need to continue to take measures to ensure that we are fire safe.  To that end, the Board is working with the Santa Clara Fire Safety Council to have brush removed from areas of the park.  Also, many neighbors have taken steps to improve the defensible space on their own properties.  (Information about defensible space can be found at www.fire.ca.gov.)

While these fire safe efforts are encouraging, there have been recent reports to the Board that indicate a disturbing trend.  Many neighbors report seeing individuals in the Park disposing of cigarette butts in an unsafe manner.  We ask that you please be careful when smoking, barbecuing, or engaging in any activity that has the potential to create sparks. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of the Board.  Thank you for your continued efforts to keep Chemeketa Park safe!


Water-Wise House Call Program

Water-Wise House Call Program

A Water-Wise House Call is the Santa Clara Valley Water District's FREE home water use survey that helps identify opportunities where you can conserve water. Conducting a house call involves calculating water use, teaching you how to read your water meter, surveying the irrigation system, and showing you simple ways to save water both inside and outside the home.

What are the benefits of a Water-Wise House Call?

In addition to possibly lowering your water bill, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are using a precious resource efficiently. Less water down the drain also means that you are willing to help protect the bay.s salt marsh habitat and its endangered species.

During a Water-Wise House Call, a surveyor will:

  • Replace leaking toilet flapper valves if needed and requested.
  • Measure your showerhead flow rates and install free showerheads if needed and requested.
  • Measure faucet flow rates and provide faucet aerators for kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Evaluate the efficiency of your irrigation system.
  • Provide you with a personalized irrigation schedule.
  • Identify irrigation leaks, broken or mismatched sprinkler heads, high water pressure, and other common irrigation problems.
  • Develop a prioritized list of how you can start using water as efficiently as possible.

How do I sign up?

To suit your schedule, Water-Wise House Calls are available for Santa Clara County residents and apartment managers Monday through Saturday, during daylight hours.

To schedule an appointment, call 1 (800) 548-1882, or click here to submit an online Water-Wise House Call request.

Visit "Sprinklers 101" for a wealth of Irrigation Info. 

This web portal, created by the California Association of Water Agencies as part of their Save Our Water campaign, is a one-stop shop for homeowners and professionals looking for information and online resources on water-efficient irrigation. Homeowners will find easy-to-understand information about how residential sprinkler systems work, information on drip irrigation and other smart ways to reduce landscape water use, as well as loads of online resources. To go to the site, click here.

State Water Board Approves Emergency Regulation to Ensure Agencies and State Residents Increase Water Conservation

On July 15th, the State Water Resources Board approved Emergency Regulation to Increase Conservation. Please see attachment

Mandatory 30% Reduction in Water Usage

By now you are probably aware of the water emergency facing California, but you may not be aware of its depth. To give you some perspective, this is the driest year in California.s recorded history.  That.s about 165 years. This puts us at great risk not only in terms of drinking water, but also fire.  In response to this emergency the Chemeketa Park Board of Directors and our water master have been working to make our water system as efficient and leak-free as possible.

While we will continue to do our part to ensure safe drinking water for the community, we need your help.  We have initiated mandatory water rationing.  We are requiring every resident to reduce his or her water consumption by 30%.  That may sound like a difficult task, but we are sure you are up to the job.

Here are some ideas on how to reduce your water consumption:

  • When washing dishes by hand it.s better to fill a tub with water than to let the water run.
  • Cut your time in the shower by half. Turn off the water while soaping up or washing your hair.
  • Cut down on watering your garden and/or lawn . both time and frequency.  Remember to water in the early morning or late afternoon to prevent water loss due to evaporation.

These are just a few ways to conserve water.  A more comprehensive list will arrive at your doorstep within the next few days. 

This said, there are some activities that will not be allowed during this mandatory water rationing phase.

  • Neglecting breaks or leaks in your waterline
  • Installing, cleaning or refilling swimming pools
  • Washing your car
  • Power washing your house, deck, patio or driveway

This restriction will remain in place until the rainy season at which point the situation will be reassessed.

 Thank you for your awareness and cooperation.