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Pleasanton water czar says cut usage or pay

Original post made on Jun 24, 2014

It's going to be a long, hot summer in Pleasanton with little water to cool us down. The City Council mandated a 25% cut in water use by residents and businesses effective May 7. That means cutting back on lawn sprinkling to 12 minutes a week and never in daytime. No car washing in driveways; use commercial car washes only that recycle their water. No topping off swimming pools unless it has a cover, and no new pools or refills are allowed during the water crisis.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 16, 2014, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Follow The Money
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 24, 2014 at 7:26 am

"In fact, Smith told members of the Valley Real Estate Network last Friday, take your shower at a friend's home in San Ramon, where there are fewer and no mandated water use restrictions."

So this advice coming from someone in charge of our water? Joking aside this whole water issue is a farce if EBMUD is not rationing. EBMUDjust raised rates 20% to cover their pension debt so conserving is not in their best interests if they want to retire millionaires...literally.

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"No car washing in driveways; use commercial car washes only that recycle their water."

This is bad advice because it uses maybe 10 gallons out of 5000 gal per month.

Watering lawns is the biggest use followed by showers so emphasize that.


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Posted by Michael L.
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jun 24, 2014 at 11:03 am

They need to set a per capita goal for people. From what I've read the average usage in the Bay Area is 300 gallons per person per day. Half of that is being squandered on lawns. I use 100 gallons per day. It isn't that hard to cut back. They need to start thinking longer term and start capturing rain water during the rainy season and making other changes like not flushing drinking water in to the bay


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 24, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Michael L.

The city is flushing drinking water to the bay. During 2013 the city water department flushed 2,700,000 gallons of drinking water from the various storage sites in the city.

Through April 2014 the city water department flushed 430,020 gallons of drinking water to the bay.

The flushing is necessary because there is an uncontrolled bacteria called Nitrates that necessitates the flushing to keep the drinking water safe for human consumption.

I have an email exchange with Dennis Smith and Nelson Fialho verifying those numbers and the bacteria.


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