A program to provide recycled water for residential use in the Tri-Valley is being scaled back in the wake of its "overwhelming popularity."
The Dublin San Ramon Services District has been offering free recycled water for residential landscaping during the drought, but now the district is only allowing residents from Pleasanton, San Ramon and Dublin to join the program, agency officials announced Thursday.
However, anyone who has already received an ID card to participate in the water recycling program can continue to get recycled water, regardless of where they live.
About 2,000 people have already signed up for the program, while the water agency expected only "a small number" of participants, spokeswoman Renee Olsen said.
Recycled water is treated wastewater that removes solids and other contaminants, but it is not safe for drinking.
While water is mainly used on lawns and landscaping, Olsen said it's also useful for washing patio furniture and cars. However, residents should make sure the recycled water doesn't flow into a storm drain.
To receive an ID card, residents must have a valid ID that shows they live in Pleasanton, San Ramon or Dublin, such as a driver's license. Residents must then sign a water use agreement, which can be found at DSRSD.com, and bring the completed form to a water fill station to be trained and to get an ID card.
Fill stations are located at 7399 Johnson Drive in Pleasanton and Dublin Boulevard at Clark Ave. at the Dublin Safety Complex. Residents should enter the Dublin water fill station off Village Parkway.
The Pleasanton fill station is signing up new users Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to noon and Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 1 p.m. It is open for current users Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon.
The Dublin fill station is accepting new users Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-9 a.m. and is open for current users on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Residents should bring containers that can hold at least one gallon up to a limit of 300 gallons.