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Pleasanton council to vote on adopting water shortage declaration

Original post made on Apr 18, 2023

The Pleasanton City Council is set to discuss a resolution Tuesday that would declare a water shortage due to the city's wells remaining inactive and continue to ask residents to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 15%.

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Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 18, 2023 at 11:08 am

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If water is still this much of an issue than put a stop on all construction of low income housing.

Posted by keeknlinda
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Apr 18, 2023 at 11:30 am

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We have been under 15% mandatory water use reductions for a few years now. While we had a brief respite from 2017 to 2020, the latter was the targeted date from which reductions were required, so the city is already in its 3rd year of the most recent mandatory reductions. And 2020 volumes were already lower than they had been prior to the previous period of drought. As a result, continued reductions of water use, even during the summer months, shouldn't create any further reductions to the Water Enterprise Fund. That ship has already sailed. Many lawns have been converted already, and one can expect more will be completed over the next few months.

Continuing the City's drought surcharge, however, will surely result in push-back from ratepayers, just as it did when Zone 7 refused to allow its drought surcharge to sunset in 2016. Governmental agencies need to cease using Covid and drought as scapegoats for increasing a wide variety of fees, adding to the already high costs of living in our community. It would seem prudent that those in charge quit prioritizing fun things (do we really need a third skate park?) for a few over necessities for us all.

Posted by 125
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Apr 18, 2023 at 12:52 pm

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California may be out of a drought, but Pleasanton's water supply problems won't end until the city's three wells can be used once again. (Lucky for us that Zone 7 can supply additional water this year, but what about in years to come?) The city should keep the water conservation mandate in place and earmark excess use fees for the construction of a facility that removes PFAs from our wells so we can use them once again. I'd also throw in a water facility fee on new construction. And I agree with the previous comment about the skate park and will add one more: The Century House. Now is not the time to look back; we need to prepare for times ahead.

Posted by PtownRes
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 18, 2023 at 6:23 pm

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No Century House until the wells have been restored. Then work on the All Abilities Playground. Next the Skate Park. I dare the city to do a survey to see who even knows what the Century House is and how residents would prioritize it against water and playgrounds.

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