How Are We Doing?

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Conservation Has Become Our Lifestyle

DSRSD customers used 28.2 percent less potable water in all of 2016 than in 2013. That is only slightly less than the 33.9 percent reduction we achieved in 2015 during the drought emergency. Through the end of March 2017, customers have used 18.2 percent less compared to the same period in 2013. Thank you for your continuing commitment to wise water use!

In March 2017, all DSRSD customers used 26.1 percent less water than in March 2013. Residential water use averaged 51.6 gallons per capita per day, down from 54.0 GPCD in March 2013.

  Let the rain do the work. Adjust sprinklers for changing weather. Water Conservation. It's for life.

Water Supply Has Improved

Record amounts of rain and snow have dramatically improved water supplies in Northern California. Currently our wholesale supplier, Zone 7 Water Agency, expects to receive 85 percent of its 2017 allocation from the State Water Project, the Tri-Valley’s largest source of water.

On June 21, 2016, the DSRSD Board lifted mandatory limits on water use and ended the local drought emergency that had been in effect since February 2014. Remaining cautious about future water supply conditions, the Board declared a Stage 1 Water Shortage and adopted a 10 percent voluntary conservation goal, which remains in effect. The Board is planning to re-evaluate this goal in June 2017.

Recycled Water Makes Our Water Supply More Reliable

We have a more diverse, reliable water supply today because DSRSD began investing in recycled water infrastructure more than 20 years ago. In 2016, DSRSD customers used 787 million gallons of recycled water for irrigation and construction. That’s 24 percent of all the water the District sold last year, up from 19 percent in 2013 and 10 percent in 2006.


Recycled water use by DSRSD customers, 2006-2016, and percent of total water sales


What Can You Do?

Thank you for your efforts to use water wisely every day. Here are some resources to help:

  • Register your account on AquaHawk and set up your own water use alerts.
  • Find and fix leaks.
  • Learn how to keep your yard green with less irrigation.
  • Get a rebate when you convert lawn to water-efficient landscaping or purchase a qualifying irrigation controller or high-efficiency clothes washer.
  • Use our checklist of Best Ways to Save Outdoors.
  • Make sure your restaurant or business is using water wisely, too.

Although DSRSD has suspended mandatory water-use limits and many restrictions, customers must still follow state and local regulations that prohibit water waste. Contact Customer Service (925-828-8524) if you have questions.

Updated April 19, 2017

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