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City Mandates Stepped-Up Water Conservation Measures for Residents

Information about the mandatory water-saving measures and conservation tips can be found on the city website.

The City of Livermore enacted Stage 2 of the Livermore Municipal Water, Water Shortage Contingency Plan on April 15, 2014.

[Related article: Drought: City Officials Ask Residents Reduce Water Usage by…]

Despite the rains in March, water supply conditions have not improved, and the voluntary conservation called for when Stage 1 was enacted on February 24 has not reduced water use sufficiently to ensure that the City will have an adequate water supply during the ongoing drought.

Under Stage 2, conservation measures that were voluntary during Stage 1 are now mandatory, and additional mandatory measures also apply.

[Related article: Livermore Experiences Driest Year on Record]

Most of the water used is for outdoor purposes, and the majority of the mandatory conservation measures restrict outdoor water use.

"If water customers continue their wise water habits inside the house, and focus on cutting their outdoor water use by more than half, we anticipate being able to achieve the water use reductions needed to make it through the warm summer months," stated Assistant Public Works Director Darren Greenwood. "Landscaping will still be alive although it may turn brown until the next big rains."

The City's conservation outreach continues to focus on customers using well-above-average quantities of water. Penalties for violation of the mandatory conservation measures begin with an advisory notice for a first violation and escalate to termination of water service after multiple violations.

A list of the mandatory conservation measures, conservation tips and rebates, Water Shortage Contingency Plan, drought updates, and other information can be found on the City's website at www.cityoflivermore.net/citygov/drought.asp<http://www.cityoflivermore.net/citygov/drought.asp>.

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—Information submitted by City of Livermore 
Terry April 17, 2014 at 09:46 AM
if its yellow let it Mellow. If its brown flush it down. Don't flush toilets if there is only pee in it.
Teresa April 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM
I agree with Ryan B, our state/local politicians are controlling our water in CA by NOT planning for times with less rain. In ancient times even those people understood to be wise and prepare for worst times--build reservoirs!! Don't drain our lakes or take away our reservoirs and then control us by telling us we have no water, and need to limit our use when we could have been prepared.
liberty-vs-tyranny April 17, 2014 at 10:34 PM
Did anyone else besides me read the policy on the city's web site? I am allowed to water my landscaping twice a week between 6:00PM and 9:00AM, only on odd-numbered days, but not on the 31st of the month. What genius came up with this? Clearly, it was some city bureaucrat who knows nothing about home landscape irrigation. Sprinkler timers may be programmed to water on specific days of the week, or on odd-numbered days, or on even-numbered days, but not "two odd-numbered days a week except the 31st". That programming option is just not available. This is big government run amok!
Al B April 17, 2014 at 11:40 PM
Exactly, what's the matter with Mon and Wed vs. Tues and Thurs ? Now that would be easy to program. Simple and logical never comes out of any government decision.
George Fay April 18, 2014 at 12:39 AM
CITY OF LIVER-MORON STAFF THAT CAME UP WITH THIS: And, if I am odd numbered house, I can water it the evening of the odd number day but can also actually water it on the following morning which is now an even number day. I would prefer to simply water on Mon and Thurs to space it out a bit more (3 days and 4 days).

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