WHAT WE'VE LEARNED
The drought taught us that the time has come to adapt to a water conservation lifestyle to ensure our community continues to thrive in an uncertain water future. Pleasanton residents rose to the occasion during the drought and exceeded even the state mandated conservation requirement. From irrigating with recycled water, taking shorter showers and using drought tolerant plants and native landscaping and trees, our individual conservation efforts continue to add up to collective water savings.
City of Pleasanton's Water Shortage Ordinance (PMC 9.30)
On June 7, 2016 the Pleasanton City Council approved a change in its water conservation targets in recognition of the persistent yet less severe drought conditions, as well the State Water Resources Control Board modifications regarding statewide conservation regulations. The city has established a conservation goal of 10 percent water reduction, as compared to 2013 usage, and will operate under a Stage 1 Water Shortage. Mandatory conservation measures remain in effect to prevent water waste. However, under Stage 1, drought surcharges will NOT be imposed for those who do not achieve the 10 percent reduction goal.
Though we have received a considerable amount of rain this winter the California Water State Board is still considering action on the State's level of drought severity. 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 our water in light of continuing limitations to water supply.
How can you help make our water supply more sustainable? The following water-saving tips will keep your household or business water-efficient:
In 2014, Pleasanton was one of the first communities in the state to proactively respond to the drought. This response amounted to a savings of 1.65 billion gallons of precious drinking water compared to water use in 2013! Pleasanton continued leading the way in 2015, saving over 2 billion gallons of drinking water! That's a water savings of 37 percent compared to the amount of water used in our community in 2013! Don't stop now... mindful use of water is the new normal in California. Eliminating water waste and adjusting outdoor watering to avoid excess use beyond the needs of your plants, will protect our limited supply. Clean water is always precious, even when there's a little more of it to go around!