Pleasanton Declares Stage Three of Water Shortage Planning

The Pleasanton City Council declared Stage Three of water shortage planning at its meeting this evening, based upon on the recent news that water wholesaler Zone 7 can only provide 75% of the treated water necessary to meet the city’s water needs. 

In his presentation to the City Council, Daniel Smith, the City’s Director of Operations Services, said that the adoption of Stage Three Water Shortage Planning will include the dissemination of information to residents and businesses so that they can fully understand what is required to meet the mandate. Stage Three mandates that Pleasanton water customers reduce their potable water use by 25%.  This can be achieved by reducing indoor water usage by 10% and outdoor water usage by 40% to meet an overall city reduction of 25%.

In addition, all lawn and landscape irrigation is limited to no more than two days per week. Outdoor watering that result in water runoff will also be prohibited, as will the hosing down of driveways, sidewalks, or other hardscape. Customers will also be fined for excessive water use during the period of Stage Three Water Shortage with penalties compounded for subsequent excessive use. 

“Our goal is to educate the community regarding conservation and to encourage compliance with the 25% mandate so that we have adequate water supplies throughout the summer and fall timeframe,” said Smith. “As such, our primary focus will be to first and foremost seek compliance and collaboration, not the implementation of fines and/or penalties. This is a community issue that requires everyone’s cooperation.”

The City Council also proclaimed a Local Drought Emergency to provide necessary flexibility to situations regarding fire safety, water availability for fire service, and quicker access to supplies or resources during the dry summer months, as well as the authorization to collaborate with other local agencies on critical drought issues.

The final drought-related item of the evening led to an amendment to the Municipal Code that would prohibit outdoor irrigation when it is raining.

Water customers are encouraged to review water use in and around their homes and businesses to detect and eliminate wasteful water loss, as well as implement water-efficient habits. Information about water saving strategies is available at www.pleasantonwaterconservation.com, and by calling the City’s Water Conservation Hotline at (925) 931-5504.

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--Information submitted by City of Pleasanton

Sandi fisher May 08, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Perhaps the city could shorten the time they water at night. They waste so much. The water runs off into the street. Also, they could stop watering when its raining and fix broken sprinkler heads.
Liz Hallahan May 10, 2014 at 02:08 PM
How does a family that is already conserving actually manage MORE conservation? My family are not water hogs. Neither are most of our neighbors. Yet we face ridiculous penalties if we don't cut back even more.
BobsyourUncle May 22, 2014 at 11:09 PM
I'd like to know who came up with some of the ridiculous rules. I understand watering only twice a week, that's all I have ever done. But only on odd or even days depending on your address ? Really, how does it matter what two days I water as long as I only water two days a week? My automatic sprinklers only allow me to select on the day of the week. So if I only water on Friday and Tuesday when they are even days the next week they will be odd days and I am in violation.
pricklypair May 23, 2014 at 10:06 AM
Where is the City posting the records of their compliance ?
Bazinga June 11, 2014 at 07:46 PM
Poor planning! What type of City Planner/Government would add thousands of homes (i.e., Dublin), with more water users, and not have a plan in place to ensure that our Cities won't run out of water! I am upset that residents, businesses, etc. have to cut back because of their poor planning!! I still see City sprinklers on during the day with runoff into the street (Stoneridge area). Why didn’t we have a large reserve of water to be utilized in severe drought conditions? Is there a way to pump out ground water as they did for Shadowcliffs? After all most of California is considered a desert climate! Who is responsible for this?! One of the biggest tragedies coming out of this cut-back, is how extremely heart-wrenching it is to see all the beautiful landscape and creeks dry up. My husband and son are at least trying to relocate the fish and turtles in the creeks that are gasping for air because their water is gone! You would think the City of Pleasanton would have the Parks & Recreation Department employees do the same thing! Maybe the City Planners, Government and Zone 7 should consider building more dams in our Zone than adding ugly housing projects!


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