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Published June 9, 2016

PLEASANTON DROUGHT AND WATER

CONSERVATION UPDATE




On June 7, 2016 the Pleasanton City Council approved a change in its water conservation targets in recognition of persistent yet less severe drought conditions and the State Water Resources Control Board's modifications to statewide conservation regulations. Pleasanton has set its current conservation goal at 10 percent below 2013 usage and will operate under the provisions established for a Stage 1 Water Shortage. Mandatory conservation measures remain in effect to prevent water waste. However, under a Stage 1 Water Shortage, drought surcharges will not be imposed for those who do not achieve the 10 percent reduction goal. Though the state received a considerable amount of rain this winter, California is still in a drought. Furthermore, the Governor's May 9, 2016 Executive Order B-37-16 calls for permanent changes to how Californians use water to ensure the protection and resilience of water availability in light of continuing limitations to water supply.

Current Outdoor Watering Restrictions
Under Pleasanton's Stage 1 Water Shortage, a number of controls and use restrictions have been put in place to aid in water conservation efforts. These mandatory restrictions are as follows:
  • Runoff of water when irrigating onto non-irrigated areas, such as sidewalks or roadways, is prohibited
  • Irrigation of lawn and ornamental landscapes may only occur between the hours of 6 p.m. and before 9 a.m. the following day with the exception of drip irrigation systems and hand watering with a shut-off nozzle
  • Watering outdoor landscaping is prohibited during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall
  • Use of potable (drinking) water to wash driveways, sidewalks, or other hardscapes, is prohibited
  • Washing vehicles/machinery from a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle is permitted as long as water does not enter the storm drain system
  • Potable water leaks must be repaired within eight hours of notification or discovery
  • Decorative water features using potable water must be recirculatory
  • Restaurants are required to serve water only upon customer request
  • Hotels and motels must offer their guests the option to not have their linens and towels laundered daily, and prominently display this option in each guest room
  • Use of water for construction activities shall utilize recycled water, rather than potable water, and must be used in a manner that does not enter the storm drain system.
Recommended Water Conservation Measures
In addition to the current mandatory restrictions, Pleasanton is also seeking cooperation in meeting conservation targets by having water users adopt a number of recommended water conservation measures. These recommendations are as follows:
  • Limit outdoor irrigation of lawn and ornamental landscaping to no more than 3 non-consecutive days per week April through September (limited to one time per week from October through March)
  • Pools should remain covered when not in use to prevent evaporation, and should be equipped with a recirculating pump
  • Commercial power washing should utilize recycled water (potable water may not be used to wash driveways or sidewalks)
Recycled Water Program
As part of their response to the drought, the City of Pleasanton is currently installing a recycled water system that will make recycled water available for landscape irrigation to most of Hacienda in 2016. Properties interested in obtaining recycled water are urged to contact the city to coordinate new service. The benefits of converting your landscape to recycled water include the following:
  • Provision of a reliable source of water which is not restricted during drought.
  • Absence of drought surcharge fines for all recycled water service.
  • A reduced water rate.
  • An environmentally sustainable alternative to potable water.
Additional Information
Additional information about Pleasanton's watering guidelines and recycled water programs is available. Please refer to the City of Pleasanton contact below for details. 

Contact Information
Rita Di Candia
City of Pleasanton
PO Box 520, Pleasanton, California  94566
(925) 931-5513  phone     (925) 931-5595  fax     rdicandia@cityofpleasantonca.gov   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      info@hacienda.org  e-mail     www.hacienda.org    WWW