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Mandatory Water Restrictions Imposed on Entire City of Livermore

The City ditched the old system of odd-even watering days for a new formula.

(Patch Archive)
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The Livermore City Council adopted an interim emergency ordinance on May 12, 2014, to implement mandatory conservation measures throughout the entire city.

When the mandatory measures were originally enacted on April 15, they applied only to customers served by the City of Livermore Municipal Water utility, which provides water service to approximately one-third of the city; the balance of Livermore is served by the California Water Service Company.

"The entire City of Livermore, along with the rest of the Tri-Valley, is affected by the drought. If conservation targets are not achieved by all of us before early summer, it will severely reduce the water supplies remaining to provide for any outdoor irrigation later in the summer. Outdoor irrigation water we save in the first half of the summer is water that will be available for irrigation in the second half of the summer," said Public Works Director Daniel McIntyre.

The City Council also amended the Water Conservation Ordinance to facilitate the programming of automatic irrigation controllers to comply with the mandatory measures for outdoor irrigation.

Days for watering change
Previously, properties with odd street address numbers were limited to irrigating no more than twice a week on odd dates; even street address numbers were limited to irrigating no more than twice a week on even dates. Under the revised ordinance, properties with odd street address numbers are allowed to water no more than twice a week on Monday, Wednesday or Friday instead of on odd dates, and properties with even street address numbers are allowed to water no more than twice a week on Tuesday, Thursdays or Saturdays instead of on even dates. No watering is allowed on Sundays.

"We appreciate our citizens' efforts to comply with the City's call to cut outdoor water use in half," said McIntyre. "By amending the ordinance, we've made it more convenient for citizens with automatic sprinkler systems to do so."

Mandatory conservation measures include limiting landscape irrigation to no more than twice a week, no washing of driveways, sidewalks or other paved surfaces, and washing of vehicles limited to once a month unless a commercial carwash is used.

A complete list of the mandatory conservation measures, conservation tips and rebates, drought updates, and other information can be found on the City's website.  

Customers with questions or concerns are also encouraged to call the Drought Hotline at (925) 960-8180.

--Information from City of Livermore
Jow May 14, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Ha ha ha ha ha "Maurice Duenas May 13, 2014 at 05:59 PM I has to maintains the water levels in my pool and fountains the best. I water at night when no one is arounds."
Maurice Duenas May 14, 2014 at 04:46 PM
yes the jow you are the correct to quote me but I still do my part in the water conserve on the lawn and the inside too.
Jim McSharry May 15, 2014 at 11:58 AM
The City should lead by example. A park near my house has been watering the street as much as the grass for years
Mike Hunt May 15, 2014 at 03:40 PM
@Jim Almost all parks in Livermore are actually operated and maintained by LARPD, and not the city. You should contact LARPD and see if it is there. I recall a post the other day about someone who said LARPD was using a mower or whacker or something on a Spare the Air day and they posted a reply from the city that was taking action (not mowing on spare days).

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