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2014 Drought and Water Conservation Update
With the continuing drought conditions and uncertainty concerning the water supply, the Livermore City Council took action at its February 24 meeting to enact Stage 1 of the Livermore Municipal Water, Water Shortage Contingency Plan. Stage 1 calls for a voluntary 20 percent reduction in water use. There is no change in water rates. A 20 percent reduction for the average resident would mean reducing water usage by about 25 gallons per person per day. What is that equivalent to? A low-flow showerhead dispenses about 2.5 gallons per minute. That means running the shower for 10 minute would use about 25 gallons of water.
The City recognizes that many customers are already practicing water-wise behaviors. The focus of conservation outreach will therefore be on customers using well-above-average quantities of water. 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. The City of Livermore will continue to provide regular updates on this website regarding the drought situation. Cal Water customers may also wish to visit the Cal Water website at calwater.com.
Click on the following links for more information:
Stewards of Public Health & the Environment Darren Greenwood
Assistant Public Works Director
101 W. Jack London Blvd.
Livermore, CA 94551-7632
(925) 960-4104 Email the Water Resources Manager
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
For All Sewer or Livermore Municipal Water Billing
Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM
For All Yellow or Purple Fire Hydrant
Mon - Fri - 8 AM - 4 PM
Holidays and Outside Business Hours
For All Red Fire Hydrant
Problems and California Water Service Company
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?
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.
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 more information on the proper disposal of Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG):
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.
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.
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