Heading into the (hopefully) Rainy Season

Fall 2016 Town of Danville drought management update

With the onset of the winter months and the ongoing hope for a good, wet, winter, the Town of Danville is continuing in its efforts to be good stewards of our water and conserve in the event of a dry winter.

Here is the latest information regarding the drought situation in northern California.

On May 10, 2016 East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) officials announced an end to the drought emergency and eased the drought restrictions from a Stage 4 to Stage 0 level. On July 1, 2016 EBMUD lifted the temporary drought surcharge from customers’ bills and suspended some of the outdoor water use restrictions. However some of the outdoor watering use restrictions have been folded into EBMUD’s permanent rules such as;

• No watering of ornamental turf on public street medians allowed
• No washing of driveways and sidewalks: except as needed for health and safety
• Use only hoses with shutoff nozzles to wash vehicles
• Turn off fountains or decorative water features unless the water is recirculated
• Use a broom or air blower, not water, to clean hard surfaces such as driveways and sidewalks, except as needed for health and safety purposes
• The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes (e.g. lawn) or other hard surfaces or materials (e.g. decks) that result in excessive use and runoff is prohibited

The Town implemented a central irrigation system two years ago where phase I included the five major parks (Diablo Vista, Hap Magee, Oak Hill, Osage and Sycamore Valley parks) that received new technology to help staff water more efficiently. Phase II included large roadside turf areas along Camino Tassajara and the smaller park sites.

The Town realizes that these drought periods will most likely become more frequent and previous watering practices will need to change. The Town continues to look at ways to use water wisely and monitoring and repairing irrigation systems continues to be a priority.

During the most recent drought period that goes back to 2014, the Town reduced their water usage by 40%. The Town takes this matter seriously and is asking all residents to continue to use water wisely and to continue to practice conservation methods even though some of the restrictions have been lifted.

EBMUD is continuing to look at implementation of other water savings measures and is asking all customers to use water wisely. If the State and the local area receive less than normal rainfall this winter additional watering restrictions may be implemented.

To obtain current information regarding EBMUD’s water use regulations, visit their website at www.ebmud.com

For more information, contact Maintenance Services, at maintenance@danville.ca.gov or (925) 314-3450.