Drought: City Officials Ask Residents Reduce Water Usage by 20 Percent

The city is asking for an immediate voluntary 20 percent reduction of water usage.

Time to tighten up the tap.

The recent declaration of a statewide drought made by Governor Brown has prompted local municipalities to ask consumers to help conserve water. Add the City of Livermore to the most recent ranks of cities in the Bay Area to ask residents to reduce their water consumption by 20 percent. City officials released a list of tips to help immediately.

Information provided by City of Livermore:

Due to the continuing drought conditions and uncertainty concerning water supplies, the Livermore City Council took action at its February 24 meeting to enact Stage 1 of the Livermore Municipal Water, Water Shortage Contingency Plan. Stage 1 calls for a voluntary 20 percent reduction in water use; there is no change in water rates. 

[Related article: Livermore Experiences Driest Year on Record]

A 20 percent reduction for the average resident would mean reducing water usage by about 25 gallons per person per day. As an example of what that means, older, non-low-flow type showerheads can use about 4 or 5 gallons per minute, and a 10-minute shower would use about 40 to 50 gallons of water.
Newer showerheads dispense about 2.5 gallons per minute; running the shower for 10 minutes would use about 25 gallons of water. The 20 percent reduction could be achieved by taking a five-minute shower using an older showerhead, or by replacing the older showerhead with a low-flow type fixture

Says Mayor John Marchand, “The City recognizes that many of our water customers have already been practicing water-wise behaviors, and we thank them for their efforts. 

Our conservation outreach will be focused on customers that use well-above-average quantities of water.”

Water conservation tips and rebates, the Water Shortage Contingency Plan, drought updates, and other information can be found on the City of Livermore’s website: www.cityoflivermore.net/citygov/pw/public_works_divisions/wrd/default.asp

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Maurice Duenas February 27, 2014 at 01:39 PM
There is no ways that I will do a volunteery reduce of my water use. Because when they make it the manditory, they will makes me reduce it from the level of what I volunteereds to save. And you know that the water companys are going to increases there rates to make up for the lost revenue dues to the reductions that we all mades. I read lots of letters to the editor in the contra costa times that says the sames things that I am saying heres.
Jow February 27, 2014 at 02:47 PM
Shut up Maurice.
livermoron February 27, 2014 at 03:25 PM
im still filling up my pool this summer
Maurice Duenas February 27, 2014 at 08:05 PM
How are you Jow to tell me to shut up for espressing my opinion and status on this issue. There is lots of people who has expressed the same feeling and facts in the newspapers that I espress here. Do nots tell me to shut up . You has no rights to do so. Not when I have the rights to espress my voice in the constitution.
Lifetime Livermoran February 27, 2014 at 09:46 PM
Our family of 5 started reducing our water use last month. We have a timer for the kids to shower by as well as a bucket in the shower to collect the water while waiting for it to warm up. It is a bit of work as we use the water for our toilet tanks during the day. We bought 4 - 5 gallon buckets at Home Depot and spent $12 only to save $3.00 this past month. HOWEVER, it is not about the money, but it is about the water conservation. Get real people, in CA we should always be concerned about the amount of water we are using, not just when our Governor finally tells us what we could already have figured out, we are in a DROUGHT!
Tom Ness February 27, 2014 at 10:06 PM
We cannot reduce 20percent since we have never used much of any water. But i have to agree with Maurice, it will be crap when water company raises rates to make up for lost money. Just like our garbage. The garbage company had to raise their rates because we were recycling too much, total crap
Jow February 28, 2014 at 05:11 PM
Shut up Maurice. NASA released some recent photos of lake Folsom over the past three years. It goes from full to empty. Our family is doing what we can to help as well. Every little bit helps.
Maurice Duenas February 28, 2014 at 06:11 PM
How are you Jow to tell me to shut up. You is very rude in incosiderated to me all the time. YOu go ahead and do all you can to save waer now and see how it effects you later on when you has to cut back even more. I don't do that beucase I am the smarter person. I will even wash my car this afternoon to keep my water useage level up to where I can afford to cut back when they make it the manditory to cut backs.
Rob February 28, 2014 at 07:41 PM
Unfortunately Maurice is correct on this. If you try to do what is right, you get burned. Power companies do the same thing - get you to conserve so they can raise rates based on less revenue. I will do what I can to conserve, but expect to get punished for the good deed.
Maurice Duenas March 01, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Volintarilly reduce and then pays more due to lower revenue, then when the manditory 20% reducing comes in you are down a total of 36% rather than the 20% they is asking for.
Desert Rat March 02, 2014 at 02:17 PM
Theoretically we would all be helping by reducing now. In reality, we will get screwed when they make it mandatory. Stuck between a rock and a hard place. Kind of reminds me of when people voted for Obama. It felt like it was the right thing at the time holding hands singing kumbaya and hoping starry eyed for change. But later the pain of that foolish decision has been excruciatingly apparent.
Maurice Duenas March 02, 2014 at 03:23 PM
This is goods that all of you is agreeing with me on this water issues and now you know that I am rights on the issues about the closing of the Bankhead and making sure we votes no on the sales tax increase to approve the bart. The mayor and bart just said that bart does not agree that they will not put the tracks right into my neighbourhod and into the downtown. The tax will only hurt us finansially now and in the future. And the same for the June elections there is a tax mesure to increase the sales taxes again to support a hospital. When will theys all stop taxing u? only when we all say no!
Smitty March 02, 2014 at 04:06 PM
Maurice. The Mayor said this on the No on Measure B thread that you started. "The MTC will not provide any funding for a downtown alignment because it lacks the housing densities required by Resolution 3434. No funding, no construction. The fact is that the City of Livermore controls local land use. It does not matter what BART studies. The BART freeway alignment is in our General Plan. When the Council and I adopted the initiative in 2011, we included a provision that would require any change in the freeway alignment to go to Livermore voters." You should either refute this with verifiable facts or stop rattling the downtown saber. I don't want BART downtown either, but it is time to move off of that argument and get to where we are rather than where we have been.
Smitty March 02, 2014 at 04:10 PM
Also Maurice. You make a pretty big leap from some agreement on these water issues to the rest of us somehow thinking you're right on the Bankhead, BART and Measure B.
Maurice Duenas March 02, 2014 at 06:38 PM
Kontrarily to what the mayor has said, the bart board has made it clearer in the newspapers articles the other day BART board members said Thursday that they will hold off on environmental studies of any other Livermore site that would require a decision on whether to stay along the freeway or lay tracks to downtown. "It's not the right time to exclude an option, even though I strongly agree BART should not go to the downtown," said John McPartland, a board member from Castro Valley. So we prevent the bart downtown by voting no on the measure b - it is that poyson pill that will hurts our childs.
Maurice Duenas March 02, 2014 at 08:44 PM
Smitty but you knows that I am right on all those issues that bankhead is bankrupt you cannot argues that point as they owes 22 million unpaid and cannots pay those dollars. The city and county gives them money illegally our tax dollars to there private friends of Livermore and independint new peoples. Bart cannot come to Livermore downtowns at all. and measure b is yet another attempt to raise our taxes without any benifit to us all, these giveways and tax increases will be the bankrupt of us citizens too
Smitty March 03, 2014 at 12:26 AM
Maurice @ 6:38. In the newspaper article you cite, a member of the BART board also said that they may study a downtown option in the distant future because they are bound to by state law. I don't know what law is referred to, but, despite what BART studies in the future, Marchand was pretty clear that any change from the Isabel freeway route, as defined by the General Plan, would have to be voted on by the public in Livermore. So, your notion that voting no on Measure B prevents BART from coming downtown makes no sense. In fact, Marchand was also very clear that Measure B is the last chance to get BART to Livermore at all. No on B = no BART. Period. I have no idea what you mean by a poison pill here. You should go back to your no on B thread and read what Marchand said. If you have facts to counter what he says, let's hear them.
Conner March 03, 2014 at 01:54 AM
Smitty, and you believe Mayor Marchand???? HA HA HA I gotta bridge to sell you.
Smitty March 03, 2014 at 02:15 AM
I believe what can be verified Conner. Cross check with Robert Allen, an authority on this subject, and you'll find they are saying the same thing. Short of looking at the actual General Plan, I have no reason to dispute what they are saying. You're letting your bitterness cloud the facts here. Hold onto your bridge.
Jow March 03, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Smitty, you are wrong. No on B does not mean No BART. No where does it say that. If so PLEASE provide the proof of that statement or stop spreading lies and fear of No BART to Livermore. A NO on B vote will delay when it gets to Livermore, but it does not mean NO BART. Maurice, you have the spelling and grammar of a 6th grader. If you could spell or put sentences together like an adult. I would listen to your half ass rants or if you could back them up with even facts, but you can't or don't. You just remove your comment or post when someone asks for facts. You're worse than the trolls on here, at least they're funny. As Smitty said, just because some people agree with you on the water reduction, doesn't mean they agree with everything you post on Patch.
Smitty March 03, 2014 at 12:27 PM
Jow. You are right. There is nothing in B that says BART won't be coming to Livermore without its passage, but for all practical purposes, there is nothing on the horizon, no other measure and no other money, that gets BART here. We're dependent on the feds to kick in transportation dollars to supplement the $400 million in Measure B, but they have to know that Livermore supports B before they'll do that and B has already failed once. Livermore has been paying taxes to BART, with the expectation that BART would get a station here, for 46 years. We have no station to show for it. I'll rephrase what I said and say that I believe that, without Measure B, I am very skeptical about BART getting to Livermore.
Robert S. Allen March 05, 2014 at 01:54 PM
Smitty: Well stated. Right on, so far as Measure B goes. Another possibility would be annexing San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties to BART (5-County BART), since BART's going there, and getting a 5-County plan and bond issue like the one that got us BART half a century ago. It could ring the Bay and get BART to the Golden Gate and Carquinez Bridges, and over the Altamont. The five counties have a population of over six million people and could well support a unified rapid transit operation based on BART. If only they'd plan and let us vote!


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