Drought Update from EBMUD

Community Meetings Set

The East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) has announced special meetings regarding the district’s response to the ongoing drought. The public is invited to these special meetings to hear the latest from EBMUD’s Board of Directors on:

 The status of current and projected water supplies;

 The cost of the drought and potential drought rates; and

 The best water-saving tips from conservation professionals.

All of the meetings take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., but at various locations around the water district. The first will take place tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Walnut Creek Civic Park Community Center located at 1375 Civic Drive at Broadway in Walnut Creek.

Additional meetings are scheduled on Wednesdays as follows:

 Oct. 29 at the city of Richmond Council Chambers located at 440 Civic Center Plaza in Richmond.

 Nov. 5 at the EBMUD Administration Building located at 375 11th St. in Oakland.

 Nov. 19 at the Castro Valley Library located at 3600 Norbridge Ave. in Castro Valley.

Interpretive services in Spanish and Chinese will be available at each meeting.

California’s Emergency Water Conservation Restrictions

Alameda residents and businesses should rememeber that water is too precious to waste. Until further notice, all EBMUD customers are required to:

 Limit watering of outdoor landscapes to two times per week maximum and prevent excess runoff.

 Use only hoses with shutoff nozzles to wash vehicles.

 Use a broom or air blower, not water, to clean hard surfaces such as driveways and sidewalks, except as needed for health and safety purposes.

 Turn off any fountain or decorative water features unless the water is recirculated.

 Cut water use by 10 percent. Since February, EBMUD customers have cut back 10 percent. By following the mandatory measures and continuing to cut back water use, residents can stretch the district’s existing supplies in case there isn’t enough rain and snow next winter to replenish our reservoirs.

 State restrictions mandate cutting back on outdoor watering this fall and winter. For lawns, EBMUD recommends watering once a week. It’s enough as the weather cools and days shorten. Set watering schedules to five minutes once a week.

 When the rains begin, turn outdoor watering off. Water trees and shrubs by hand once every week and once every two weeks starting in November. Routinely check for leaks, overspray and run-off.

 Convert thirsty lawna to a sustainable landscape and upgrade your irrigation equipment to efficient drip systems and self-adjusting controllers. Rebates are available for single- and multi-family residences and commercial customers.

 Find and fix leaks. Toilet and irrigation systems contain some of the biggest and sneakiest leaks.

 Slow your flow. Use our WaterSmart Home Survey Kit to evaluate your home’s water use and find leaks and inefficient fixtures.

 Upgrade appliances and plumbing fixtures to more water efficient models. EBMUD currently offers water conservation rebates to customers for toilets and washing machines.

Find out more about EBMUD’s efforts to manage Alameda’s water supply at https://ebmud.com.