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Drought over? EBMUD suspending water-waster penalties

Original post made on Apr 28, 2016

An ordinance that imposes fines on suspected water wasters in the San Ramon Valley and other parts of the East Bay as a reaction to the state's drought is being lifted, according to the East Bay Municipal Utility District.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 8:36 AM

Comments (9)

Posted by Bob
a resident of West of Foothill
on Apr 28, 2016 at 8:07 am

This is when the state needs to start building more dams. We need more jobs and more water. The population has expanded by 25% and not a single new dam. Then they wonder why we have a water shortage. Really. Plus I thought we needed more clean electricity to run all those new electric cars.

Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 28, 2016 at 9:31 am

They have been drawing down Shasta Lake for some time to make room for the snow melt from Mt Shasta and water tables in the Central Valley have been rising as well. Another large issue is the loss of revenue of some districts because people have been conserving.

Posted by Patriot
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 28, 2016 at 12:30 pm

We should shame the EBMUD board for this reckless decision! We are in a drought and need penalties.

Posted by WaterFee
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Apr 28, 2016 at 1:56 pm

My question is are they going to reduce the rate charged to pre-drought days? As I recall, water rate was raised to discourage people from using excessive water. Now with the restriction removed, would they reverse the rate hike or are they going to stay quiet hoping the people forget?

Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 28, 2016 at 2:06 pm

The rate will stay the same. 31.5% increase.

Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 28, 2016 at 2:07 pm

I thought it was over a month ago when Livermore recycling said they were not going back to full hours like last summer.

Posted by The Truth
a resident of Happy Valley
on May 2, 2016 at 4:54 pm

Seriously wish we could just buy our water from EBMUD.

Zone 7 is not going to end drought conservation due to their own lack of capacity planning.

Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on May 3, 2016 at 9:23 am

We used to buy from emud. Our hippie mayor and council at the time decided to switch over. She and her crew are also the ones who decided to put in all these hard water groundwater pumping stations as a means of water supply. We voted them in so its our fault.

Posted by ptown loves the drought
a resident of Country Fair
on May 3, 2016 at 9:41 pm

The drought will never be over in Pleasanton. It just doesn't work for them - they have so much more control over us with the drought. And, it works that they get to spend millions of residents' dollars to put in recycled water pipes - putting all residents at risk as they rupture gas lines right and left. Wait - did we agree to toilet to tap? That's next, and there will probably be no "vote" - an emergency measure due to poor planning. And the hippie mayor - left behind progeny. Uggghhh.

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