Published May 9, 2014
PLEASANTON DROUGHT UPDATE
Last year closed as the driest year in the recorded history of many parts of California including the Tri-Valley which leaves the area in a state of severe drought. In response to this, the Pleasanton City Council has responded with enactment of Stage Three of their water shortage plan based on recent news that water wholesaler Zone 7 can only provide 75% of the treated water necessary to meet the city’s water needs.
Doing Business During a Drought
Last week, the local water wholesaler, Zone 7 Water Agency, informed the cities of Pleasanton and Livermore and the Dublin-San Ramon Services District that water supplies would be cut by 25% every month through the end of calendar year 2014. As a result, everyone must now manage with just 75% of the normal water allotment provided to meet water demand. If water curtailment does not occur, water will not be available by the end of summer to meet health, safety, and fire protection needs. For this reason, the City of Pleasanton has declared a local drought emergency that requires an immediate, mandatory 25% reduction in water use for all residential and commercial accounts throughout the city.
Stage Three Water Reduction Requirements
Stage Three water reduction requirements call for all Pleasanton water customers to reduce their potable water use by 25%. This can be achieved by reducing indoor water usage by 10% and outdoor water usage by 40%. All lawn and landscape irrigation is now restricted to no more than two days per week. Outdoor watering resulting in water runoff, hosing down of driveways, sidewalks, or other hardscape is prohibited and customers can be fined for excessive water use during the period that the Stage Three water shortage response is in effect. Penalties may also be compounded for subsequent excessive use after an initial violation has been noted.
Water Conservation Hotline
Information about water saving strategies is available at www.pleasantonwaterconservation.com, or by calling the City’s Water Conservation Hotline at (925) 931-5504. All water customers are encouraged to review their water use in and around their project to detect and eliminate wasteful water loss, as well as implement water-efficient habits.
Additional information on the drought and City of Pleasanton water programs programs is available. Please refer to the City of Pleasanton contact below for details.
City of Pleasanton
PO Box 520, Pleasanton, California 94566
(925) 931-5509 phone (925) 931-5595 fax firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us WWW
Hacienda Owners Association
4305 Hacienda Drive, Suite 330, Pleasanton, California 94588-2738
(925) 734-6500 phone (925) 734-6501 fax email@example.com e-mail www.hacienda.org WWW
Published May 9, 2014