Save Water and Money on Business Landscaping & CA Rebuilding Fund
City of Milpitas - Office of Economic Development | September 22, 2021
Due to extreme drought conditions, on August 5th, the City of Milpitas declared a Water Shortage Level 2 Drought Emergency and implemented a 3-Day Outdoor Watering schedule. The last drought lasted five years, and we anticipate this one will extend beyond 2021. Because water is a limited resource, we all need to rethink the way we use water. The good news is that saving water comes hand in hand with saving money.
The City works with Valley Water to offer money-saving rebates to businesses to help save water.

Ensure your Landscape is Drought Ready:

Get $ for installing water efficient equipment. Commercial, industrial, and institutional properties can receive $4 per Hundred Cubic Feet (CCF) saved, up to $100,000 for eligible water conservation projects.

A reminder about Milpitas’s water use restrictions:
Title VIII Ch. 6 – Section 3 Water Conservation Ordinance outlines potable water use restrictions.  
  • Mandatory 3-Day Outdoor Watering Schedule: Outdoor watering and irrigation is only allowed from 6 PM to 9 AM. Addresses ending with an Even number can only water on Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday, and addresses ending with an Odd number can water only on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. No outdoor watering is allowed on Wednesday.
  • Flooding or runoff is prohibited.
  • Using water through broken or defective plumbing is prohibited.
  • A shut-off valve is required for hoses used to wash vehicles, plants, etc.,
  • Do not use water for cleaning sidewalks, driveways, and other hardscapes. Use a broom instead.
  • Restaurants should only serve water when requested.
  • Potable water for construction uses is prohibited, including dust control and compaction.
  • Water in fountains or other decorative water features must be recirculating.
For more information on rebates, water waste restrictions and conservation tips visit If you have any questions please reach out to Public Works Analyst Linda Grand at or (408) 586-2666.

New Funding Available for CA Rebuilding Fund
An additional $56.5 million has been added to help the smallest businesses through the California Rebuilding Fund. Businesses can receive up to $100,000 in flexible, transparent loans regardless of whether they received other federal relief funds like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). All interested small business owners should submit a pre-application at, which will collect standard information about their business and match them with a community lender. If matched, the lender will help the business owners with the application and provide free advice and support through a network of organizations.
Better Block Milpitas Initiative Cancelled
The Better Block Milpitas Initiative on November 5-6, 2021, has been cancelled due to challenges with timing and budget. We sincerely thank the community leaders and volunteers who invested valuable time and effort, and look forward to the next opportunity to revitalize and invigorate Main Street.
If you have any questions or need business assistance, please visit our website. Additionally, do not hesitate to contact the Office of Economic Development team by sending us an email. Assistance is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and other languages. The pandemic has created hardship for Milpitas families and businesses alike. Please know that we stand with you as you navigate your way out of the pandemic. We are here to help you!

In community spirit,
Alex Andrade
Director of Economic Development
(408) 586-3046