Due to a water shortage emergency, Zone 7 water agency and Dublin San Ramon Services District have both called for a mandatory conservation of 15-percent from its customers, compared to 2020 usage.
Last October 5, the DSRSD Board adopted Stage 2 Water Shortage rates, which became effective on November 5. The rates increased the cost of a unit of water from $1.32 per unit to $1.66. Additionally:
- Outdoor irrigation is limited to occur between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. to reduce evaporation, and is limited to no more than three non-consecutive days per week.
- Customers must repair or stop water leaks upon discovery or within 24 hours notification by the District.
- Washing hard surfaces such as buildings, fences, and vehicles with potable water is prohibited, except for building exteriors and fences for the sole purpose of repainting or repairs. Pressurized washers must be equipped with a quick action shut-off nozzle.
- Cleaning windows using a direct connection to potable water is prohibited.
Stage 2 commercial/construction regulations:
- Restaurants, cafes, and other public places where food is sold/served may only serve water upon request.
- Commercial kitchens are required to use pre-rinse spray valves.
- Lodging establishments must offer the option for customers to opt out of daily linen service.
- The use of potable water for construction and dust control is prohibited. All potable water construction meters are required to be replaced with recycled water construction meters.
The City of Dublin has aligned its water use with DSRSD's regulations.