PLEASANTON, Calif. (BCN) – On Tuesday, Pleasanton City Council will likely declare a local drought emergency, declare a Stage 2 water shortage and demand that customers in Pleasanton reduce their water use by 15%.
The move follows Tri-Valley’s water wholesaler, Zone 7 Water Agency, which declared a state of emergency in the event of a drought in its service area and its own stage 2 water shortage on September 1, also forcing its retailers to reduce their water consumption by 15%.
City staff recommend that council pass the emergency ordinance and hire temporary part-time workers to staff the city’s drought call center, participate in the assistance program and respond reports of leaks, water wastage and general non-compliance.
Zone 7 coordinated a campaign last summer to try to raise awareness about water conservation. A staff report for Tuesday’s council meeting said Tri-Valley communities in Zone 7 achieved a 7 percent reduction for July.
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Staff do not recommend activating drought rates or overuse penalties with this mandatory reduction, although these may end if targets are not met and the drought worsens.
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