drought

Dismal precipitation this past winter and a melted snowpack has pushed the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) board of directors to implement a series of actions to protect and stretch the East Bay’s water supply.

The district’s annual water supply and deficiency report confirms that projected water storage will be at near-record lows without additional actions. Storage in all reservoirs combined is expected to stand at one-third of capacity by Oct. 1, the start of the water year.

Given the recent news stories and statewide mandates, you have no doubt heard how the drought is affecting our community. You may be less aware of the ways it can impact our pets.

With little frost to mitigate their reproduction and rain to wash them away, fleas are now in greater abundance. Fleas are not only annoying but pose serious health risks to pets if left untreated. Monthly flea treatments are more important than ever along with regular bathing to ensure your pet’s health.

The City on Water

In a continuing effort to discuss water supply and demand in the City of Alameda, Liz Acord, management analyst with the Public Works Department answered more questions regarding water use here.  

According to actual figures of water use between March and December 2014, the city reduced its overall usage by 29 percent compared to the same period in 2013. This amounts to an overall savings of 120,564,277 gallons between 2013 and 2014.

On Sunday, May 17, Alameda Support Foundation (ASF), together with the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), will be holding the first “Now That Your Lawn Is Gone” Garden Tour. The tour is an opportunity to visit more than 20 homes in Alameda that have removed their traditional front lawns in favor of more climate-friendly alternatives. These include vegetables, stone sculptures, and Mediterranean and native plants. 

There will also be a raffle and plant sale as part of the event. All proceeds from the event will go to supporting the animals at FAAS.