Water ResourcesWater Conservation

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Why Conserve Water?

As one of life's most essential elements for survival, it's important to keep in mind that water is not an unlimited resource. Here in Livermore, much of the water delivered to us is surface water that the Valley's water wholesaler, Zone 7 Water Agency, imports from the State Water Project. The surface supplies are dependent on the amount of rainfall and the snow pack in the Sierra mountains, and this varies from year-to-year. While the water may seem to flow endlessly from our taps, using water wisely today will help to avoid water shortages during future dry periods.

We invite you to visit the links on the menu at the left to browse and learn more about how you, too, can help to conserve our precious water supplies.

Save Our Water

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Save Our Water is a statewide program aimed at helping Californians reduce their everyday water use. Visit http://www.saveourh2o.org/ for ideas and inspiration for permanently reducing water use – regardless of whether California is in a drought. 

Brown is the new green when it comes to Bay Area lawns.  Join the effort declaring "Brown is the New Green". Click here to print a copy of the "Brown is the New Green" lawn sign provided by the Save Our Water program.

"Mow no Mo!" Native Plant Workshop

Bringing Back the Natives HomepageThinking about removing your lawn? Join this hands-on workshop on Sunday, April 19, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at a Livermore garden to be announced. The workshop (Workshop # 4), led by Kathy Kramer, Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour Coordinator, will show you how to remove your lawns, select native plants, and design a water-conserving, pesticide-free garden that attracts wildlife. A $30 fee and advance registration is required. Click here to register.

Workshop participants should bring a lunch, a labeled long-handled shovel and rake, and gardening gloves if you have them. Everyone will have a chance to try everything and ask presenters your sheet-mulching questions, receive a list of resources, talk about how to select native plants and where to purchase them, and learn how to get rebates from your local water district for removing your lawn. Click here for additional workshop information.

Create a Water-Wise Garden

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Want to learn how to create a water-wise garden suited to the Tri-Valley region? Visit the Water-Wise Gardening website to see vivid color photos, find searchable plant databases, learn water-saving tips, and more!

Lose Your Lawn the Bay Friendly Way

Ready to replace your thirsty lawn? Replace it with a healthy garden that works for you. By using Bay-Friendly practices, you can conserve water and natural resources, and prevent pollution. And with sheet mulching, you can plant directly on top of the lawn, saving time and money. Learn more by visiting Lose Your LawnSee a short video of a recent lawn conversion in Livermore by visiting by visiting this page.

Water Shortage Contingency Plan

To prepare for interruptions in water supplies, a Water Shortage Contingency Plan was adopted by the Livermore City Council for the Livermore Municipal Water Service Area. (For information on Cal Water's service area in Livermore, call 447-4900.)

Originally adopted in 1991, the Plan was updated in 1996 and again in 2005. The Plan is a part of the City’s water conservation rules and regulations. The plan consists of four levels or stages of water conservation. The levels are: no conservation (Stage I); 25% reduction (Stage II); 35% reduction (Stage III); and 50% reduction (Stage IV). The plan also contains guidelines for residential and commercial water conservation and water waste prohibitions depending of the stage of conservation that is mandated. See the Water Shortage Contingency Plan and the current water rates at the various stages of water conservation.