With drought concerns persisting, Danville residents and businesses were asked by their water provider Tuesday to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 10% until further notice.
"We are grateful to our customers who use water wisely every day. But we must ask for a 10% voluntary cutback to make sure we have enough water stored in case this water shortage persists," said Andy Katz, president of the East Bay Municipal Utility District Board of Directors.
The board made the call for voluntary conservation during its regular meeting Tuesday in Oakland. EBMUD supplies water to roughly 1.3 million Bay Area residents, including those in the town of Danville and unincorporated Blackhawk and Diablo.
The agency relies on snowmelt and runoff for a vast majority of its water supply, and its main water source -- the Mokelumne River watershed located 90 miles from the East Bay -- is at 49% of normal, EBMUD officials said.
With dry conditions projected to continue, EBMUD is also looking into obtaining additional water from other sources, including the Freeport Regional Water Facility through a contract with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and a possible water transfer with the Placer County Water Agency.
In the meantime, customer conservation is vital to maintaining the local supply going forward, according to Katz.
"We hope that these water savings can help us avoid more stringent measures later," he added. "And if mandatory rationing becomes necessary, we guarantee that customer allocations would not be based on use during this voluntary cutback period."
For the latest water supply update, information on rebates and conservation tips, visit the EBMUD website.