Alameda County supervisors have proclaimed the month of May as "Water Awareness Month," calling on residents to be judicious in their use of water in the coming hot weather days.
Sponsored by County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, the campaign kicks off as temperatures rise and water use increases.
Representatives from water agencies who joined the county board in the proclamation ceremony included East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), the Alameda County Water District (ACWD), Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) and the Zone 7 Water agency.
"In spite of dry years with below average snow pack and rainfall, your stewardship of our water supply has resulted in a reliable water supply," Haggerty told the group.
"You have educated and assisted residents and businesses in sound water management practices," he added. "You have taken steps to manage, protect and expand your sources of supply, meeting the needs of Alameda County today. This county is projected to grow by half-million people and
add almost 100,000 new jobs by 2040 and I know that your agencies are working today to meet that future demand."
The water agencies, reporting on their activitie, included representatives of EBMUD, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary, who said that overall water use remains below historical norms.
ACWD deploys water education materials to 27,000 students in its district and holds an annual student award program. DSRSD is partnering with the city of Dublin, supplying low flow fixtures for its Green House Calls program using youth workers to conduct water and energy audits in 200 homes. Zone 7 provides student education materials in local schools.