Water Conservation

Water Conservation: It's for Life  

Learn about water conservation from home. Check out these upcoming virtual events and tours! 

 Learn how six Alliance for Water Efficiency members are conducting school education programs that prepare America's youth to be smart water users. 

This webinar is cosponsored by WaterSense and the Alliance for Water Efficiency. Speakers will discuss plant choices, soil amendments, and irrigation tips for a healthy landscape.

Upcoming Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) Events: 

 
  • Family Workshop: Attracting Good Bugs to Your Garden – Saturday, June 6th10 AM - 11 AM

Lecture and Mini Hands-On Workshop:  Did you know that 90% of the bugs in our gardens are actually good bugs eating bad bugs? Let’s learn about these most wanted allies and how to invite them to stay. Suzanne Bontempo, a 20+ year horticulture specialist, will discuss how to identify the bugs in your garden, how to keep the good ones around, and which plants are good bug magnets. This workshop will share kid-friendly worksheets so your children can also learn.

  • The Secrets to Successful Succulent Gardening - Saturday, June 6th 1 PM - 2 PM

This class will give you skills in preparing your own cuttings and planting them, along with many sustainable growing and design tips. 

More online Water Conservation Resources:

  •  Water – Use It Wisely kid’s page: Take a look around and check out our resources for kids. It is easier to navigate than ever, so kids and adults can poke around, have fun and learn about water conservation in new ways.
  • The EPA’s WaterSense: WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designed to encourage water efficiency.
  • Save Our Water: Save Our Water’s goal is to make water conservation a life-long habit. Explore the website to discover how you can save water indoors and outdoors!

ADOPT THESE HABITS FOR LIFE-LONG WATER SAVINGS

  • 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.

Local Water Conservation Resources

Current required Water Conservation Measures

City of Pleasanton's Water Shortage Ordinance PMC 9.30 

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.

 

DROUGHT UPDATE

The City of Pleasanton's water supply level is currently categorized as Adequate Supply under the City's Water Management Plan. However, in California, mindful use of water is always important. Therefore, Mandatory Conservation Measures remain in effect to prevent water waste. Furthermore, the State Water Board is working on new legislative changes to address regular water conservation through the Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life Plan. The City is invested in participating in the planning for these new legislative changes and their future influence on how to assist our water customers to continue to follow best management water use practices.