News

EBMUD mandates 10% cuts to customers' water use

Board also reinstates excessive use penalties, updates outdoor watering restrictions

Aiming to curb water use, the board of the East Bay Municipal Utility District on Tuesday mandated a 10 % reduction districtwide, EBMUD officials said, citing a dry winter as the reason.

The vote was 6-1 to declare a Stage 2 drought emergency across its entire water service area, which includes a majority of the San Ramon Valley, following the declaration of a Stage 1 drought emergency a year ago. In Stage 1, EBMUD asked customers to conserve water on a voluntary basis.

Stage 2 aims to cut water use by 10% compared with 2020, reinstates an excessive use penalty ordinance and updates restrictions on outdoor water use.

"Despite a strong rainy start in October and December, the dry winter has compelled us to move into our next phase of action to ensure we have adequate supplies in case the drought continues next year," EBMUD Board President Douglas Linney said in a statement.

The excessive use penalty is charged to households that use more than 1,646 gallons per day. After one warning, households will be charged $2 for every 748 gallons they use above the penalty threshold.

Help sustain the local news you depend on.

Your contribution matters. Become a member today.

Join

Outdoor watering is now limited to three times per week, washing sidewalks and driveways is prohibited and cafes and restaurants may provide water only upon request.

EBMUD's board in the future may impose a surcharge to cover the cost of buying supplemental water supplies and other costs related to the drought. If imposed, the surcharge would add about 10 cents a day to a customer's bill.

EBMUD officials said covering the costs of the drought out of the agency's reserves is financially infeasible, hence the surcharge.

EBMUD serves more than a million Alameda County and Contra Costa County customers with drinking water. The agency also provides wastewater service.

Stay informed

Get the latest local news and information sent straight to your inbox.

Stay informed

Get the latest local news and information sent straight to your inbox.

Follow DanvilleSanRamon.com on Twitter @DanvilleSanRamo, Facebook and on Instagram @ for breaking news, local events, photos, videos and more.

Get uninterrupted access to important local political news. Become a member today.

EBMUD mandates 10% cuts to customers' water use

Board also reinstates excessive use penalties, updates outdoor watering restrictions

by Keith Burbank / Bay City News Service

Uploaded: Wed, Apr 27, 2022, 10:17 pm

Aiming to curb water use, the board of the East Bay Municipal Utility District on Tuesday mandated a 10 % reduction districtwide, EBMUD officials said, citing a dry winter as the reason.

The vote was 6-1 to declare a Stage 2 drought emergency across its entire water service area, which includes a majority of the San Ramon Valley, following the declaration of a Stage 1 drought emergency a year ago. In Stage 1, EBMUD asked customers to conserve water on a voluntary basis.

Stage 2 aims to cut water use by 10% compared with 2020, reinstates an excessive use penalty ordinance and updates restrictions on outdoor water use.

"Despite a strong rainy start in October and December, the dry winter has compelled us to move into our next phase of action to ensure we have adequate supplies in case the drought continues next year," EBMUD Board President Douglas Linney said in a statement.

The excessive use penalty is charged to households that use more than 1,646 gallons per day. After one warning, households will be charged $2 for every 748 gallons they use above the penalty threshold.

Outdoor watering is now limited to three times per week, washing sidewalks and driveways is prohibited and cafes and restaurants may provide water only upon request.

EBMUD's board in the future may impose a surcharge to cover the cost of buying supplemental water supplies and other costs related to the drought. If imposed, the surcharge would add about 10 cents a day to a customer's bill.

EBMUD officials said covering the costs of the drought out of the agency's reserves is financially infeasible, hence the surcharge.

EBMUD serves more than a million Alameda County and Contra Costa County customers with drinking water. The agency also provides wastewater service.

Comments

dlq
Registered user
San Ramon
on Apr 28, 2022 at 9:45 am
dlq, San Ramon
Registered user
on Apr 28, 2022 at 9:45 am

EBMUD restriction to water landscape the max 3 times a 7 day week is not possible with most modern controllers. They have options for ODD or EVEN dates; every 2 or 3 days. None of these are a whole number divisor of 7 days. Do the math EBMUD! Your EBMUD account login will show 3 years of usage so you can see which months(2) exceeded 748GPD.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Post a comment

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.