The state of California is entering its fourth year of a drought status. In January 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of drought emergency and mandated that all cities and towns reduce water consumption by 25%. The Town of Danville has been working towards a reduction in water usage since the early 2000s, but it has taken a much stronger and more proactive approach to water use reduction since late 2013.
The Town's use of water primarily falls into the area of community facilities and maintenance of outdoor amenities. The below FAQ provides information on what the Town's water usage needs are, what efforts are being made to reduce those needs and how successful those efforts have been.
How does the Town of Danville use water? The Town has a number of park areas, roadside landscaping and facilities that require at least a minimum amount of water to keep the plant material alive. The Town has 198 acres of parkland, 60 acres of roadside landscaping and 16 facilities.
Has the Town made an effort to reduce consumption?
Absolutely! Actually, the Town was working on reducing our water usage even before the Governor declared a drought emergency and instituted mandated reductions. We’ve been working to lower our water use since 2013.
What is the Town doing to reduce water consumption?
A number of programs and mechanisms have been put in place to cut our water use. These include:
When I’m out, I see broken sprinklers leaking out into the roadway. What do you do about that?
Because water use is such an important issue, our top priority is making sure that our sprinkler systems are all operating at 100%. During 2015, we conducted over 1,000 inspections of our irrigation system to make sure that there were no leaks or problems. However, if you see something, let us know. The quickest way is using the Danville Connect app on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Report what you’re seeing and even if it’s on private property, we can let the proper people know to get the situation resolved as soon as possible.
These are all outside. What about in facilities? Are you reducing water use there too?
We are indeed! In most of our Town facilities, water usage has been reduced by the installation of low-flow faucets and toilets.
Do we use recycled water?
At this time, no. The reason we don’t presently is that the infrastructure necessary for the Town of Danville to receive recycled water is not in place yet. The Town is a part of the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District and the nearest Central San wastewater treatment plant is in Martinez.
The infrastructure is being put in place, but because it is a costly and time-consuming endeavor it will still be a few years before a pipeline is put into place for the Town’s use.
Have all these measures made a difference?
Without a doubt. The Town of Danville’s efforts have resulted in a 30% reduction in the Town’s overall water usage. This exceeds both the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) mandate of a 20% reduction as well as the Governor Jerry Brown’s mandated reduction of 25%. During the peak watering season in 2015, the Town’s conservation efforts resulted in an approximate savings of 300,000 gallons of water per day, compared to 2013.
Can you do better?
We are certainly going to try. Our Maintenance Services Department is constantly reevaluating how we use our water, where it is going and how it can be done more efficiently. And, as we transition to less grass in some landscaping areas and more xeriscaping or drought tolerant plant materials, the need to water will continue to decline. However, we are always open to suggestions. Got an idea that you think might help us save water? Reach out and let us know. Contact our Maintenance Services Department at (925) 314-3450 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, you can also use the Town’s Danville Connect app as a quick and easy way to report issues and provide information. The app can be downloaded FREE from the iTunes or Googleplay stores or you can use it online.
Maintenance Services1000 Sherburne Hills RoadDanville, CA 94526
Contact UsT (925) 314-3450F (925) 736-0199Email Maintenance@danville.ca.gov Hours of Operation:Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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