Drought restrictions ease in Alameda County

Drought restrictions ease in Alameda County

The Alameda County Water District Board of Directors voted last week to rescind its water shortage emergency ordinance and related restrictions effective immediately once the State Water Resources Control Board ends its emergency regulations. The State Water Board’s regulation requires agencies to implement measures to address water shortage levels of 10-20% and is currently set to expire on June 10.

Winter storms delivered over 30 inches of local rainfall, nearly 172% of average, returning groundwater levels to normal operating ranges.

According to the district, current and forecasted supplies and customers’ water use efficiency have positioned ACWD to meet ordinary demands without depleting the water supply or diminishing its quality.

“Drought challenged our state for several years, but our customers committed to conservation and in 2022, saved enough water for 13,000 households for one year. Because of conservation and improved water supplies, we can lift restrictions,” said ACWD Board President Paul Sethy.

The ban on irrigating non-functional turf for commercial businesses and using sprinklers within 48 hours of rainfall remains in place.   

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