Water & Sewer

2014 DROUGHT & WATER CONSERVATION UPDATE

Drought Hotline: (925) 960-8180

All Water Users in the City of Livermore are Subject to Mandatory Stage 2 Drought Conservation Measures! 
Cut Outdoor Water Use in Half & Minimize Indoor Water Use

Click here for a list of measures

Livermore Municipal Water Customers: Conservation Rates are in effect.
Click here for more information

THANK YOU to all who are heeding the call to cut outdoor water use by half and minimize indoor water use. Please keep up the great work!

Looking for tips on maintaining your landscape during the drought? Click on the following links:
Tips for Landscape Survival During Drought
Drought Landscape Resources

Thinking about rain barrels or installing a graywater system? Click on the following link to learn more:
Rain Barrels and Graywater Systems

Due to the continuing drought conditions and water supply shortages, the Livermore City Council adopted an emergency drought ordinance on May 12, 2014, extending mandatory conservation measures to apply to ALL water users in the City of Livermore. This includes both Livermore Municipal Water and California Water Service Company customers. 

The City calls for all water customers to cut outdoor water use in half while continuing to minimize indoor water use. Because much of the water used is for outdoor purposes, many of the Stage 2 mandatory measures focus on limiting outdoor water use. Focusing on these provisions will help customers toward achieving the proper amount of water reduction. Please see the list of measures for the complete requirements.

Lawn watering and landscape irrigation is still allowed; you do not need to turn your sprinklers completely off. Properties with odd street address numbers are allowed to water no more than twice a week on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays; even street addresses are allowed to water no more than twice a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays. No watering is allowed on Sundays. While watering with half the amount of water (as compared to last summer) may not keep your landscape lush and green, it should be enough to keep it alive until the drought is over.

The City's conservation outreach continues to focus on customers using well-above-average quantities of water. The City of Livermore will continue to provide regular updates on this website regarding the drought situation. Call the Drought Hotline at (925) 960-8180 with your drought related questions or concerns.

As one of life's most essential elements for survival, it's important to keep in mind that water is a limited resource to be used wisely. Cal Water customers may wish to visit the Cal Water website at
calwater.com

Click on the following links for more information:

Water Resources Division Identity

Stewards of Public Health & the Environment



Darren Greenwood

Assistant Public Works Director
101 W. Jack London Blvd.
Livermore, CA 94551-7632
(925) 960-8100
(925) 960-4104
Email the Water Resources Manager

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8 AM to 4 PM
Closed on Holidays

In Case of Sewer, Flood or Water Problem / Emergency Contact
Mon - Fri - 8 AM - 4 PM
(925) 960-8100

Holidays and Outside Business Hours
(925) 960-8160
For All Sewer or Livermore Municipal Water Billing Inquiries
Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM
(925) 960-4320
For All Yellow or Purple Fire Hydrant Problems
Mon - Fri - 8 AM - 4 PM
(925) 960-8100

Holidays and Outside Business Hours
(925) 960-8160

For All Red Fire Hydrant Problems and California Water Service Company Inquiries
(925) 447-4900

The Water Resources Division is dedicated to meeting Livermore's water, wastewater, and stormwater utility needs.

The Division delivers drinking water to more than 26,000 customers in Livermore. The California Water Service Company serves the balance of water uses in Livermore. Recycled water is delivered to more than 100 customers, which includes the City's Golf Course, Airport, and many other landscape irrigation sites. Recycled water also provides fire protection for 22 commercial/industrial buildings in the west part of Livermore.

All of the sewage generated in the City of Livermore is collected and treated at the Livermore Water Reclamation Plant, which is operated and maintained by the Division. The treated wastewater that is not recycled is sent through the Livermore Amador Valley Water Management Agency (LAVWMA) pipeline for disposal in the San Francisco Bay. Division staff maintains the stormwater and sanitary sewer systems. The Division also administers a number of mandated regulatory requirements, including industrial pretreatment, pollution prevention and stormwater programs.

Gardening on Your Mind?Opening page of Water-Wise Gardening website

Plant and tend the perfect landscape for the Tri-Valley region. Explore the Water-Wise Gardening website to find plants best suited for this area, water-saving tips, and more.

Brown is the New Green

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.

Keep Sewers Fat-Free

Did you know that Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) are bad not only for your arteries and waistline but for your sewers, too? They may not be toxic, but they will clog your pipes and sewer. During the holiday season and year-round, easily and properly dispose of your FOG by following these simple guidelines:

  • DON'T pour FOG into sink drains or toilets.
  • DON'T use warm water and soap to wash FOG down the drain; it will only cause clogs further on in the sewer system.

DO manage FOG properly.

  • For small amounts of FOG, scrape out or use paper towels to wipe your pans, and then place the FOG or soiled paper towels in your Food Scrap pail. You can also pour cooled FOG into an old paper milk or ice cream carton, let harden and then place it in your green (organics) cart.
  • For large amounts of FOG, such as used oil from a turkey fryer, collect cooled oil in a sealable container and take it to the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Livermore. Please note that State Regulations limit the amount of waste you may transport to 15 gallons of liquid waste (refers to the actual contents of the containers, not the container size), or 125 lbs solid waste. Individual items/containers must be no larger than 5 gallons or weigh no more than 50 lbs.

For more information on the proper disposal of Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG):

No Drugs Down the Drain

While some pharmaceuticals enter the environment via normal human and livestock excretion into sewer systems or waterways, much enters the environment via direct disposal, such as having been flushed down the toilet or poured down the drain. While wastewater treatment does remove and reduce some types of pharmaceuticals, wastewater plants are designed to treat human and biological waste, not complex pharmaceutical chemicals. Because some aquatic species have shown sensitivity to the low levels of medications that do pass through treatment plants, the more medication we can prevent from going down the drain, the better. Find out more about Options for Proper Drug Disposal.

Be Mercury Free

Mercury is toxic and can cause damage to the nervous system, brain, kidneys and immune systems in humans and animals. Bring your mercury thermometers to the City of Livermore Water Reclamation Plant at 101 W. Jack London Blvd., Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM and exchange them for new mercury-free ones -- at no cost to you! Have questions or need more information? Contact the Water Resources Division at 960-8100.