Conservation Has Become Our Lifestyle
DSRSD customers used 29.7 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 local drought emergency. Thank you for your continuing commitment to wise water use!
In January 2017, all DSRSD customers used 7.3 percent less water than in January 2013. Residential water use averaged 55.4 gallons per capita per day, slightly more than the 52.9 GPCD average in January 2013.
Water Supply Is Improving
Recent storms have improved water supplies in Northern California, but abnormally dry conditions still exist in central and southern California. Currently our wholesale supplier, Zone 7 Water Agency, expects to receive 60 percent of its 2017 allocation from the State Water Project, the Tri-Valley’s largest source of water. State water regulators will continue to evaluate and adjust this allocation approximately once a month through April to reflect rain and snow accumulations.
Current Conservation Goal: 10 Percent
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 will re-evaluate this goal in the spring of 2017 based on local conditions and state regulations.
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.
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 February 9, 2017