Water Conservation Information

Water Conservation
Water is a precious natural resource. We cannot take our water supply for granted in California. As climate change affects our weather patterns and California experiences a reduced Sierra snowpack, there will be less runoff for our rivers, reservoirs, and groundwater basins. Finding creative ways to save water on a daily basis will help stretch available water supplies.

In January 2014, Governor Jerry Brown declared a Drought State of Emergency. We are now in the fourth year of a drought, and the Governor has imposed restrictions to achieve a statewide 25% reduction in potable urban water usage through February 28, 2016.

Will El Nino End the Drought?
While California has seen some heavy storms provide significant rainfall so far this winter, will El Nino rains be enough to erase signs of our four-year drought?  Learn about some of the factors that determine when the drought will come to an end.

What is Our Community Doing to Conserve Water?
Dublin has been a long-time proponent of recycled water usage.  Dublin San Ramon Services District started delivering recycled water to Dublin in 1999.  As of December 31, 2015, 26% of all water used by District customers was recycled water. Almost all of DSRSD’s recycled water is used for landscape irrigation. Wherever you see purple pipes or signs, those areas are utilizing recycled water. Recycled water is used to irrigate landscaping at parks, schools, roadway medians, and newer large commercial and apartment complexes in Dublin. The good news is that recycled water is not affected by the drought. But for the rest of us, conservation will be important, and possibly mandatory.

What is the City Doing to Conserve Water?
Most of Dublin’s parks use recycled water. There are a few parks on the west side that don’t yet have access to recycled water, but will have access in early 2016.  In 2013, all City facilities were updated with low-flow faucet aerators and shower heads. In addition, irrigation controllers are in place at all but one City park. The controllers utilize weather data online to control when and how much water is needed.

What Can You Do to Conserve Water?
View Tips and Best Practices on how to reduce your water footprint, or check out our links to more water conservation information.