Water Conservation

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The management of water as a precious and vital resource is at the forefront of East Side's initiatives and behaviors. Water conservation on our school campuses is helping to reduce environmental stress on our region. In addition to reducing environmental stress on regional water resources, water conservation is also important to the District as a means of reducing costs. 

Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award Winner


East Side’s strategic approach to water conservation measures with proven results makes our program stand out, with achievement in environmental as well as economic responsibility.  In 2013, we were presented the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award for Greenscape Management.  This award recognizes organizations and individuals whose programs and leadership have advanced water conservation and recycled water use in Silicon Valley.

Landscape Irrigation Conservation Measures


For more than a decade, East Side Union High School District has been a leader in water conservation.  An early adopter of reclaimed water for landscape irrigation, the District has diverted the use of potable water for irrigation by 30% annually, conserving 67 million gallons of potable water per year, by using reclaimed water for landscape irrigation at Andrew P. Hill, Evergreen Valley, Silver Creek and Yerba Buena High Schools.


Early 2014, we reduced irrigation water use by 20%.  We chip tree trimmings and place the chips as mulch, thus reducing the amount of organic material entering the waste stream as well as reducing soil moisture loss through evaporation.

East Side's facilities design standards for new construction and rehabilitated landscapes are compliant with water efficient landscaping requirements imposed by Assembly Bill 1881 (2006).

Synthetic Turf

The District has converted all 11 of our football fields to synthetic turf.  There are many positive environmental benefits of this initiative:  the use of harmful pesticides and fertilizers has been eliminated, as well as elimination of polluted stormwater runoff; the elimination of noxious emissions from gas powered lawn mowers; the elimination of grass clippings, which is the third largest component of municipal solid waste in landfills; and the conservation of 75 million gallons of water annually for irrigation of those fields.  In the process, the District has saved more than $243,000 per year in avoided water, chemical and labor cost, and the fields are available for play across all hours of the day and in all weather conditions.

Water Efficient Plumbing Fixtures


In 2012, the District replaced 61 toilets with water efficient models and retrofitted 216 urinals with low flow flush valves, conserving over 31,000 gallons of potable water annually. 


Swimming Pools


California Department of Education requires aquatics instruction as part of the eight required content areas of high school physical education. East Side has eleven swimming pool sites (located at each comprehensive high school campus). If we were to refill our pools from an empty state, the volume of water for a single refill would be only 1.6% of our annual water consumption. We do not drain and refill our pools typically, only upon extenuating circumstances as required for health and safety purposes.

Water evaporation depends on the surface area of the pools, water and air temperatures, relative humidity and wind. Water evaporation is much greater in the early Spring and late Fall than in the Summer - when water temperatures are high and air temperatures are cold (especially at night).  We cover our pools when not in use, to defend against water evaporation; prevention of water evaporation also protects the heating energy and chemical treatment investments associated with that water.

Compliance with Drought Regulations

We are compliant with 2014 (Governor Brown's Executive Order B-28-14) and 2015 (Governor Brown's Executive Order B-29-15) Statewide emergency drought regulations that focus on limits to urban outdoor water usage. We have already put the following measures in place to achieve reduction targets mandated by these drought regulations:
  • we converted all our 11 football fields to synthetic turf over the past decade;
  • we converted campus irrigation water systems to reclaimed water at 4 campuses:  Andrew P. Hill, Evergreen Valley, Silver Creek and Yerba Buena High Schools;
  • we reduced landscape irrigation water consumption by 20% on our natural turf athletic playing fields;
  • we reduced ornamental landscape irrigation water consumption by 20% at campuses that use potable water for irrigation;
  • we do not use potable water to irrigate outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures;
  • we do not use hoses that dispense potable water to wash motor vehicle unless the hoses are fitted with shut-off nozzles;
  • we do not use potable water to wash down driveways and sidewalks;
  • we do not use potable water in fountains or decorative water features unless the water is recirculated;
  • we use low flow plumbing fixtures;
  • we design replacement landscape installations using water-frugal plants;
  • we continue to seek additional measures that we can put in place to further reduce our consumption of potable water.
We are complying with current State mandatory water restrictions to reduce water usage by 25%, and with Santa Clara County's water reduction goal of 30% effective 2015 and continuing into 2016.
Non-Discrimination Statement

East Side Union High School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. East Side Union High School District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying or title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to the Office of the Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services at (408) 347- 5061 or 830 N. Capitol Ave, San Jose, Ca 95133.

Declaración Contra la Discriminación

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Preparatoria East Side prohíbe la discriminación, el acoso, la intimidación y el abuso en los programas educativos, las actividades o el empleo por causas de ascendencia real o percibida, edad, color de la piel, discapacidad, género, identidad de género o expresión de género, nacionalidad, raza u origen étnico, religión, sexo, orientación sexual, estado de paternidad, embarazo o estado familiar o civil o asociación con una persona o grupo de personas con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Preparatoria East Side requiere que el personal escolar tome los pasos necesarios inmediatamente para intervenir cuando sea seguro hacerlo en caso de ser testigos de un acto de discriminación, acoso, intimidación o abuso.

Las preguntas o quejas de acusaciones de discriminación, acoso, intimidación y abuso o las preocupaciones sobre la igualdad y el cumplimiento de la ley con relación al artículo IX del Código de Educación deben ser dirigidas a la Oficina del Asistente del Superintendente para los Servicios de Enseñanza al (408) 347-5061 o a la siguiente dirección: 830 N. Capitol Ave, San José, Ca 95133.

Tuyên Bố Không Phân Biệt Đối Xử
(Non-Discrimination Statement)

Học Khu Trung Học East Side nghiêm cấm mọi hành vị kỳ thị, quấy nhiễu, hăm dọa và bắt nạt trong các chương trình giáo dục, các hoạt động hoặc trong công việc không được đặc trên cơ sở về tổ tiên, chủng tộc hoặc sắc tộc, tôn giáo, giới tính, khuynh hướng tình dục, cha mẹ, người mang thai, gia đình, hoặc tình trạng hôn nhân, hoặc liên hệ với một người hoặc một nhóm với nhiều điểm thực tế hoặc đặc điểm về nhận thức. Học Khu Trung Học East Side đòi hỏi nhân viên nhà trường phải tiến hành ngay các biện pháp can thiệp một cách an toàn khi họ chứng kiến các hành vi kỳ thị, quấu rối, hăm dọa hoặc bắt nạt.

Nếu có các câu hỏi hoặc khiếu nạo về sự phân biệt đối xử, sách nhiễu, hăm dọa và bắt nạt hoặc liên quan đến Title IX sự công bằng và tuân thủ các điều này xin qúy vị liên lạc với Văn phòng Phó Tổng Giám Đốc Đặc Trách Giáo Dục tại số điện thoại (408) 347-5061 hoặc địa chỉ 830 N. Capitol Ave, San Jose, CA 95133.