Sewer district seeks comment on longterm goals

DSRSD honing in on alternative water sources in updated water supply goals

The Dublin San Ramon Services District is inviting the public to comment on the district's longterm water supply goals.

The draft "Water Supply, Storage, Conveyance, Quality and Conservation Policy" plan updates the goals for the DSRSD -- which provides water to Dublin and the Dougherty Valley in San Ramon, as well as wastewater on contract to Pleasanton and wastewater to parts of San Ramon.

The water supplier, like many others in the East Bay, has felt the pressure of the four-year drought. One problem is DSRSD's water wholesaler, Zone 7 Water Agency, hasn't been receiving the amount of water it expected from state sources due to little snowfall filling state reservoirs. The lack of rain to fill local reservoirs and the local aquifer only compounds the problem.

The draft DSRSD policy highlights the need to look at alternative water sources. One goal states having 60% of the district's water come from local sources and to diversify so no more than 40% of its water comes from any one source, according to the policy.

The district is specifically looking at moving away from the State Water Project, which Zone 7 typically obtains and sells to DSRSD, since little water has been released from those state reservoirs during drought years.

The plan also discusses focusing on local reservoirs for water sources, as well as amping up conservation until average residential potable use is 70 gallons a day or less per capita.

"We encourage input from the community," says Engineering Services Manager Dan McIntyre. "We need to diversify our water supply so it is more reliable. Even with our robust recycled water system in place, the past two years have clearly demonstrated that depending on one source (the State Water Project) for two-thirds of DSRSD's water supply is not working."

To comment, email or attend the next DSRSD public meetings to talk to the board directly. The next meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m., followed by a meeting on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. Both meetings will be held at 7051 Dublin Blvd., and final adoption of this plan is expected to happen at the Oct. 6 meeting.

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