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Pleasanton council expected to declare water shortage, mandate 15% reductions in use

Original post made on Oct 5, 2021

The Pleasanton City Council is expected to declare a local drought emergency and water shortage, along with imposing a 15% water use reduction mandate at their regular meeting on Tuesday, starting 7 p.m.

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Posted by Joe V
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 5, 2021 at 12:49 pm

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We all new this was coming, it is not fair to now mandate EVERYONE to cut water usage by 15%. Will they look at customers water usage pattern for the last year, two years?
Many have previously cut their water usage by 15% or more, because of their awareness of the situation that we are in. Will they be required to cut an additional 15%?
Will households that use 70 units of water every two weeks, and ones that use 20 units of water be mandated by the same 15% cut in water usage?

Posted by 125
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 5, 2021 at 1:34 pm

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I can't believe it's taken the City until Oct. 5 to mandate a water reduction. It's about time.

Posted by Michael
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 5, 2021 at 4:57 pm

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The GATES area - include it in the selection, please. Drought, 15% water use reduction. There is not enough potable water for the present population, and industry. Until Zone 7 & Pleasanton have enough water for the present population and industry there should be no more growth of any kind.
Water is already being trucked into some communities, as they depleted their water supply.
The Gates is over a groundwater basin. When in drought and the SWP reduces water to Zone 7 to only 5% then to 0%, the water is taken from the groundwater basin and there is no water to replenish it. The groundwater basin eventually will be depleted. Each time the groundwater basin is reduced it sinks the surface above it. The sinking surface sinks foundations of homes, industry & infrastructure. Home owners pay from their pocket to install piers to stabilize their foundations. If they don't their homes become uninhabitable. It costs home owners from $40, 000 to way over $100,000 to stabilize and repair the damage to their homes.
Zone 7 has two wells and a demineralization plant at Stoneridge and Santa Rita. Pleasanton has 2 wells just south of them between Stoneridge and Mohr. The 2 Zone 7 wells withdraw about as much water as all other Zone 7 wells together. The clay soil can compact and become impermeable to water. Rain water and other water can't reach the groundwater basin, as it can't get past the compacted clay soil. When the groundwater is depleted, it should create a surface sink hole and an uninhabitable area. Not too distant past populations had to move & disperse due to drought and no water. STOP WITHDRAWING GROUNDWATER BASIN WATER, AS ZONE 7 DOES NOT REPLENISH IT EQUALLY. STOP GROWTH OF ANY KIND THAT DOES NOT HAVE AN ABUNDANCE OF AVAILABLE WATER TO SUPPORT IT. STOP SUBSIDENCE AND SINKING OF OUR HOME FOUNDATIONS, DAMAGE TO OUR HOMES AND USING OUR RETIREMENT MONEY TO FIX OUR HOMES. Do an independent investigation of how we can have enough water for our existing population.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 5, 2021 at 5:44 pm

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Seems pretty stupid to mandate housing growth which will obviously increase water usage, while at the same time force existing residents to continue to cut back usage more than they already have.

How about we just reduce the number of housing units to ensure people have water.

Or, go ahead with the new housing units, but their consumption has to make up for the overall reduction required (i.e. new homes have an easier opportunity to be more efficient from day 1.

Posted by Rich Buckley
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 6, 2021 at 11:18 am

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After all the politically correct and survival-essential efforts fail, perhaps we can get serious on committing the State to developing many regional water desalination plants based on many regional and scalable Walkaway Safe, Small Modular Reactor (SMR's), fueled with Thorium. We can built scalable SMR's that pump electric power everywhere including our grid to clean existing ponds, filter water, desalination plants on a large scale, even clean large lakes and still have power left over to put into the grid. We can do on 100 acres with scable SMR's what wind and battery require 100,000 acres to achieve with far less environmental degradation. First we just have to believe we can do it.

Posted by Rich Buckley
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 6, 2021 at 11:25 am

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Primary source water wells pump water that somehow naturally move from 200 to 300 miles or more deep in the earth mantle to the surface. Pumping from primary source water wells do not necessarily lower the water table. Water without traces of Tritium is coming up from deep earth. It's non-presence is how a primary source water well is verified.

We have a lot to learn about water, water conservation, and creating more useable water.

Posted by chas
a resident of Mohr Park
on Oct 6, 2021 at 6:24 pm

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It's the same old argument. If we don't have enough water for the residents here now how in the world are we going to supply all these new houses. The people that live here now have to be rationed so the new people can live here.
There should be absolutely no new building. But we all know that isn't going to happen.

Posted by BobB
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Oct 6, 2021 at 7:25 pm

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This is such a NIMBY thing. We have all the technology we need now to get all the water we need regardless of drought status for Pleasanton residences and businesses. Our city just voted to not even study water recycling, which in itself would provide a large amount. What another missed opportunity. With existing methods we would have all the water we need and the technology is available today.

It's kind of a silly game. Don't build enough capacity for water, so we can claim nothing should be built. We do a similar thing with schools.

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