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Tri-Valley water agencies encourage conservation amid drought emergency

The Tri-Valley's water providers have launched a joint initiative to urge residents throughout the entire region to reduce water consumption by 10%.

The valley's water wholesaler Zone 7 Water Agency, along with California Water Service (Cal Water), the cities of Livermore and Pleasanton, and Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD), are making the request after Gov. Gavin Newsom included Alameda County in his emergency drought declaration earlier this month.

“The Tri-Valley has multiple sources of water supply storage, including its local groundwater supplies. This allows us to withstand the occasional dry winter,” said Zone 7 general manager Valerie Pryor in a statement. “However, after two especially dry years in a row, we cannot rely on storage alone. Since we do not know how long these dry conditions will last, we need to start saving water now so our community will have more water available next year,” she added.

Water agency officials said the average homeowner uses 60-70% of their water on outdoor landscaping and, therefore, they recommend decreasing water consumption by minimizing outdoor irrigation and only watering between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to reduce evaporation. For those who do not have outdoor landscaping, officials suggest only using washing machines and dishwashers for full loads.

The agencies also advise repairing water leaks as soon as possible. One tip they offer for checking toilet leaks is to put a few drops of food coloring in the tank located behind the seat and wait 15-20 minutes. If the color appears in the toilet, it's a sign of a leak and it could mean that it's time to replace the flapper.

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“Water conservation is a mindset in California. As we prepare to enter the summer months, we are simply asking water customers to be mindful regarding their indoor and outdoor water usage," said Pleasanton city manager Nelson Fialho. "The more we do now from a voluntary perspective, the more that the state and region can stretch available supplies into the fall and winter months. Our local water customers have led the way in the past, and I’m confident they’ll do the same again by practicing good voluntary conservation techniques,” he added.

Additional advice for ways to conserve water is available at each of the water providers' websites.

Zone 7 Water Agency: zone7water.com/waterwise

Cal Water: calwater.com/conservation

City of Livermore: cityoflivermore.net/savewater

City of Pleasanton: pleasantonwaterconservation.com

DSRSD: dsrsd.com/outreach/water-conservation

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Tri-Valley water agencies encourage conservation amid drought emergency

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, May 27, 2021, 6:02 pm

The Tri-Valley's water providers have launched a joint initiative to urge residents throughout the entire region to reduce water consumption by 10%.

The valley's water wholesaler Zone 7 Water Agency, along with California Water Service (Cal Water), the cities of Livermore and Pleasanton, and Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD), are making the request after Gov. Gavin Newsom included Alameda County in his emergency drought declaration earlier this month.

“The Tri-Valley has multiple sources of water supply storage, including its local groundwater supplies. This allows us to withstand the occasional dry winter,” said Zone 7 general manager Valerie Pryor in a statement. “However, after two especially dry years in a row, we cannot rely on storage alone. Since we do not know how long these dry conditions will last, we need to start saving water now so our community will have more water available next year,” she added.

Water agency officials said the average homeowner uses 60-70% of their water on outdoor landscaping and, therefore, they recommend decreasing water consumption by minimizing outdoor irrigation and only watering between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to reduce evaporation. For those who do not have outdoor landscaping, officials suggest only using washing machines and dishwashers for full loads.

The agencies also advise repairing water leaks as soon as possible. One tip they offer for checking toilet leaks is to put a few drops of food coloring in the tank located behind the seat and wait 15-20 minutes. If the color appears in the toilet, it's a sign of a leak and it could mean that it's time to replace the flapper.

“Water conservation is a mindset in California. As we prepare to enter the summer months, we are simply asking water customers to be mindful regarding their indoor and outdoor water usage," said Pleasanton city manager Nelson Fialho. "The more we do now from a voluntary perspective, the more that the state and region can stretch available supplies into the fall and winter months. Our local water customers have led the way in the past, and I’m confident they’ll do the same again by practicing good voluntary conservation techniques,” he added.

Additional advice for ways to conserve water is available at each of the water providers' websites.

Zone 7 Water Agency: zone7water.com/waterwise

Cal Water: calwater.com/conservation

City of Livermore: cityoflivermore.net/savewater

City of Pleasanton: pleasantonwaterconservation.com

DSRSD: dsrsd.com/outreach/water-conservation

Comments

Michael Austin
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on May 27, 2021 at 7:37 pm
Michael Austin , Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on May 27, 2021 at 7:37 pm

How much of Zone 7 water is potable water?
Parts per million?
I asked this question of Olivia Sanwong.
Did not receive a response.


Pleasanton Parent
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on May 27, 2021 at 7:55 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on May 27, 2021 at 7:55 pm

I wonder if mr newsom will be reducing his personal water usage on his $3m estate or vineyards .......or is that just for everyone else?

Requiring employers to report on individual employees vaccination status now too?!

Using tax payer money for vaccine lotto?!

Vote this man out.


Jo
Registered user
Parkside
on May 28, 2021 at 3:50 pm
Jo, Parkside
Registered user
on May 28, 2021 at 3:50 pm

Micheal....

Probably no more then 20% is potable... Z7 water is horrid.


Michael Austin
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on May 28, 2021 at 7:37 pm
Michael Austin , Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on May 28, 2021 at 7:37 pm

Well, that's a number!

Zone 7 probably not responding because they do not want to acknowledge potable water is in Zone 7 water system.


Naveed Khan
Registered user
Stoneridge Park
on Jun 16, 2021 at 1:08 pm
Naveed Khan, Stoneridge Park
Registered user
on Jun 16, 2021 at 1:08 pm

Zone 7 is an expensive bureaucratic overhead. They supply State Government's (90%) water to try-city and charge exorbitant overhead. The 10% water they source themselves is polluted and not fit for life. Zone 7 water is only good for flushing the toilet and watering your lawn. Try-City governments should band together and get rid of Zone 7 bureaucracy, it will reduce the cost of water to Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin.


Cosmic-Charlie
Registered user
Downtown
on Jun 16, 2021 at 3:54 pm
Cosmic-Charlie, Downtown
Registered user
on Jun 16, 2021 at 3:54 pm

I have been using bottled water and more recently home RO system [20 years]since 1976. Zone 7 water is only good for bathing. I do not cook with or drink what comes out of the faucet, and neither should you..IMHO


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