Water Conservation

Water Conservation: It's for Life


The Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour has returned!

Sunday, May 3, 2020, 10 AM - 5 PM

A self-guided tour of forty native plant gardens in the East Bay

This delightful collection of gardens ranges from a stunning 45-year-old wildlife oasis to brand new gardens, and from large, beautiful lots in the hills to small, colorful gardens in the flats. Learn how to conserve water, garden for wildlife, eliminate pesticide use, and garden with California native plants. 

Workshops and native plant extravaganzas will take place throughout the spring 

Click here to register.


  • Learn how to read your water meter, and use it to detect water leaks here: 
  • Learn how to detect common household leaks here: Indoor and Outdoor Leak Detection
  • Turn off the controller when rain is expected. Watering outdoors is prohibited during and within 48 hours of measurable rainfall.
  • Limit outdoor watering to no more than 1 day per week between October and March (Download our Recommended Year-Round Watering Schedule for more information).
  • Potable water shall not be used for hose or power washing of driveways, sidewalks, and other hardscapes.
  • Eliminate water runoff from irrigation by shortening watering time and adding multiple watering cycles.
  • Water landscaping between midnight and 6 am to reduce water loss from wind and evaporation.
  • Wash cars, trucks, etc., with a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle - and remember - no water may enter the storm drain system (this includes the gutter).   
  • CHECK FOR & FIX ALL leaks in and around your home and/or business regularly; these include leaky toilets, faucets, showers, sprinklers, and valves.
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, shaving, or dish washing by hand.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes.
  • Install water-efficient devices, such as low flow faucet aerators and shower heads. Receive up to 3 free low flow water devices!
  • Take shorter showers. Reducing your showering time by 5 minutes can save up to 12.5 gallons of water!
  • Keep your pool covered when it's not in use - this will significantly reduce water loss from evaporation.

Helpful Water Conservation Resources

Current required Water Conservation Measures

City of Pleasanton's Water Shortage Ordinance PMC 9.30

California Save Our Water Website

Want more help reducing your water use? Check out our Water Conservation Rebates and Servicesor call the City of Pleasanton Water Conservation Department: 925-931-5531.

Rescape California is a holistic approach to gardening and landscaping that works in harmony with the natural conditions of the San Francisco Bay Watershed. Bay-Friendly practices foster soil health, conserve water and other valuable resources while reducing waste and preventing pollution.

Visit Lose Your Lawn for information and local resources for removing your lawn. The website has step-by-step videos demonstrating how to use the innovative technique of sheet mulching, a simple method used to enrich the soil in planting areas, establish a new landscape or garden area, or remove a lawn without herbicides.


The Alameda County Master Gardeners are a group of trained volunteers that help residents of Alameda County learn about gardening. They offer a wealth of information from outstanding plants for Alameda County, safe plant pest management, demonstration gardens, and more.



On April 7, 2017 Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-40-17, terminating the California drought emergency in most of California. Subsequently, upon confirmation of anticipated adequate water supply conditions for 2017, the Pleasanton City Council affirmed the reclassification of Pleasanton's water supply level to Adequate Supply under the City's Water Management Plan. Mandatory conservation measures remain in effect to prevent water waste, as specified within the State's Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life Plan.