Water Conservation

Water Conservation: It's for Life    

Spring is here! Prepare for the upcoming watering season by checking and tuning up your irrigation system! Need advice on how to water your landscape? Visit our Recommended Year Round Watering Schedule

Learn about sustainable landscaping and gardening from home

  • Growing Healthy Gardens from the Ground Up: Ready to kick off the 2021 gardening season? Sign up for the first class in a monthly series of webinars about organic gardening and non-toxic pest control! Register here!

  • 17th Annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour and the First Annual Green Home Tour: This free four-day virtual event showcases homes throughout the East Bay with California native landscaping. Gain inspiration for your own native garden by learning tips and tricks straight from homeowners, landscape designers, and nurseries. View the tour schedule and register here!

  • View past Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency webinars here


  • Turn off the controller when rain is expected. Watering outdoors is prohibited during and within 48 hours of measurable rainfall.

  • Learn how to detect common household leaks here: Indoor and Outdoor Leak Detection 

  •  Limit outdoor watering to no more than 3 days per week between April and November (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.

  • Learn how to read your water meter, and use it to detect water leaks here:

  •  How to Read Your Digital Meter

  •  How to Read Your Manual Meter

Learn about water conservation from home. Online Water Conservation Resources:

  • Hometown Water: The Lifeline of Pleasanton - The Go Green Initiative and local students present their new documentary, "Hometown Water: The Lifeline of Pleasanton." This video explores the endless importance of water's role in the town of Pleasanton.  Join us in following Pleasanton's water journey, from historical water use to future water necessities, to understanding why it's imperative that we conserve water use now and into the future. 
  • Low Water Use Public Gardens Virtual Tour - This collection of gardens, conveys the diversity and beauty of Livermore-Amador Valley native plants and other low-water-use plants. Explore the low-water-use Valley gardens, and get inspired! 
  • The EPA's WaterSenseWaterSense 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!

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: 925-519-5352.

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.


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. 


For more information about the City of Pleasanton Water Conservation Program please contact: jswenson@cityofpleasantonca.gov