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Tri-Valley Water Reduction Meets Governor’s Request, But More Is Needed

Officials say that although Tri-Valley cities have started to surpass the goal set by the governor, more conservation is needed.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Since May, TriValley Water Retailers have worked together to get the message to their customers that they need to do more than Governor Edmund G. Brown’s request to reduce water use by 20 percent and in fact reduce water use by 25 percent in the TriValley.

“Because the TriValley Retailers all had the same message,” says Daniel McIntyre, Public Works Director, City of Livermore, “we pooled our resources and began running ads on KKIQ radio station, ten Comcast networks, and the Valley Times newspaper. We felt we had to get the word out fast and we did.”

“The result was that since the beginning of May, Tri-Valley residents have started to exceed the governor’s 20 percent water conservation goal, but it’s not enough,” says Daniel Smith, Director of Operations Services Department, City of Pleasanton. “We need to continue to reduce our outdoor watering by half, or more, through the hot, dry summer months in order to achieve our ultimate goal of a 25 percent annual average reduction, which was the amount allocated to us by our water wholesaler, Zone 7 Water Agency.”

“Many of our customers have taken the drought seriously and reduced their water use,” says Dan Gallagher, Operations Manager at Dublin San Ramon Services District, “but there are some who don’t seem to appreciate what we are up against.  For those people, we have to try harder to help them understand we are in a severe drought. We ask everyone to please reduce your water use. The most effective way is to cut back on outdoor irrigation.”

For more information, visit www.trivalleydrought.org.

—Information submitted by TriValley Water Retailers

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Scanner guy June 19, 2014 at 06:12 PM
This can't be a mandatory water reduction, because even though I have let my lawn turn brown to reduce my water consumption, there are plenty of lush green lawns in my neighborhood, and I don't see them suffering any penalties for over water usage!!
Rachel Harold June 19, 2014 at 09:16 PM
Question...Do we get our water from the same place as Danville? It is my understanding that they are NOT on any water restriction? Why would that be?
Gillie Perkins June 20, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Every evening driving home I see sprinklers on at this business on Patterson Pass rd. It's not even grass being watered, it's shrubs! Businesses are not doing their part while the rest of us let our lawns die!
Jim June 20, 2014 at 03:18 PM
Gillie. Somewhere here on patch there was another article about the water. Someone posted a phone number that was for reporting (public parks and schools) that had bad sprinklers and such. Maybe you could try and find it and report it. Sometimes businesses don't even know what or when they are being watered since they just lease and the landlord is responsible.
Linda Carolson June 20, 2014 at 03:39 PM
I went to a friends house the other day and noticed that almost every house on his street has a nice lush green lawn. Maybe those professional gardeners know some secret to keeping a lawn nice without water? A few blocks away, in an older section of the neighborhood, nearly all the houses had scraggly brown lawns. But then I turned down another street and there was a home with a fairly good-sized and newly-planted sod lawn with he sprinklers running. I stopped and asked one of the neighbors and they said these people are watering that new sod twice a day, every day. Who in their right minds plants a sod lawn in the midst of a severe drought where mandatory water reductions are imposed? Seriously, people can be so selfish, or maybe just that stupid. Why isn't the city/water department driving around and targeting these people? It doesn't take a genius to know that somebody with a lush green lawn is watering more than they should. Residents should not have to report their neighbors and risk retaliation from the people they report. I understand there is a limited staff at both the city and the water department, but one person could drive down every street in town in probably one day looking for these obvious water hogs. For every homeowner that lets their lawn or landscaping die from lack of watering it is going to cost them thousands to replace it down the road. But how does anybody justify letting some people keep their nice lawn at the expense of everybody else. When we run out - we are out! We cannot survive without water and it is not feasible to truck it from another state.

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