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Contra Costa Water District Encouraging 15-Percent Water Use Reduction


Contra Costa Water District officials called on the county’s residents this week to begin reducing their water use by 15 percent in light of the state’s ongoing drought conditions.

The water district Board of Directors adopted an updated drought management program Wednesday, calling for a 15 percent reduction in water use compared to the countywide water usage in 2020.

According to the water district, the county expects to receive a limited amount of water from the federal Central Valley Project, which transports water from northern California to the San Joaquin Valley.


Local water supplies will be supplemented with water from the Los Vaqueros Reservoir near Brentwood, which is currently at 58 percent of its total capacity.

“We know that further reductions can be a challenge, but our customers are conscientious water users who step up for their community,” Board President Lisa Borba said in a statement. “Setting our baseline year as 2020 protects those customers who voluntarily reduced their water use in 2021.”

The district also plans to hold a public hearing in June to consider a potential 15 percent water use surcharge, which would amount to roughly $0.28 per day for average customers that use 260 gallons of water per day.

Information on water saving resources and rebates for reduced water use can be found at https://www.ccwater.com.


Gator April 22, 2022 - 8:33 AM

Why don’t we try this? How’s about figuring out how to store water for the public use? We elect people so they can tell us what to “not” do. Don’t take long showers, don’t do laundry at high power use times, Don’t buy trucks …..

Dawg April 22, 2022 - 9:24 AM

It’s easier to give orders than to find solutions.

theyellowranger April 22, 2022 - 4:04 PM
Cellophane April 22, 2022 - 8:47 AM

Here is a link to the water district’s mission statement and goals.


While the ambiguity of the statement and goals is astounding,

in my opinion,

the water district is failing its own mission statement and goals.

There is no shortage of water, just a shortage of appropriate water management.

Ben April 22, 2022 - 8:59 AM

Think of how many desalination plants. 15 Billion dollars. Would have built. Don’t need a bullet train. Need water though. For the last 60 years. What a bunch of clowns.

Captain Bebops April 22, 2022 - 9:09 AM

Uhuh, and we just had a news item on here a few days ago saying that the weekend rains doubled the rainfall total for the year. Hasn’t be exactly dry the last few days either. Again the “woke” officials live in their heads and maybe should stick their heads out a window to see what is really going on and not rely on bad computer models.

MoJo April 22, 2022 - 9:19 AM

The water district needs to come up with a different method of determining baseline usage. We have been rationing our use for years and are way under the average household usage. To further reduce us 15% based on previous usage is ludicrous while other households who have not been frugal with their usage get a higher allotted amount simply because they have always used more water.

Exit 12A April 22, 2022 - 11:11 AM

I concur with your concerns. We already conserve and, in sum, would be “punished” for being responsible in doing so.

Thunderdome April 22, 2022 - 1:43 PM

This is exactly correct. Also, sometimes households grow (kids) and suddenly you are penalized for using more water with additional people….BS

Captain Bebops April 22, 2022 - 7:06 PM

From how it reads if you have reduced your usage down 15% from 2020 use than you need not do anything more.

Wizard713 April 23, 2022 - 1:55 PM

This is exactly where we’re at. We drastically reduced our water usage, back in 2015 when we were all asked to reduce by 25%. We’re still at that same reduced level, as we never added back the things we cut out. Our bi-monthly CCWD bill, averages about $66. 2 adults, unless our 27 yo daughter comes home for a few days. I don’t know that we can find another 15% to cut out.

WC April 22, 2022 - 9:34 AM

Seriously? Better talk to the garbage companies, who want us to waste water washing our recycle garbage before putting it in the can, first.

Reality says… April 22, 2022 - 9:44 AM

I want to know what the city is going to do to conserve water. Drove down YV today at 530am…why are the median sprinklers watering the street??? Drove down Cowell at the same time last week and the same thing in front of the tennis courts!! I want a number to report these failures to with disclosure and remediation published to the public. Why are we watering medians?? If I’m asked to be responsible and cutback, I want the city to demonstrate their adherence to the ask as well.

Ricardoh April 22, 2022 - 9:55 AM

I am not letting my lawn and plants die. Most of the snow melt will go into the ocean. We need new bureaucrats. The ones we have are not doing their job. What would they do if we had a real draught? We would be drinking bottled water from France.

...---... April 22, 2022 - 12:11 PM

I can tell you that the snow melt is not just running off into the ocean.
This Winter and Spring have been staying pretty cold up in the mountains and the snow melt has been pretty slow and is allowing the water to sink into the drought ravaged ground.
I was just up on 50 along the American River and Bridal Veil Falls and there is not much water coming down either.
As far as water running to the ocean this is need to keep the native Salmon populations alive.

S. Martin April 22, 2022 - 10:15 AM

The ability to respond to water leaks, main breaks and hit hydrants in a timely manner would save a considerable amount of water. Personally seen water flowing from a main break for hours waiting for a team to stop it. It was in the middle of the night, but there’s got to be a better response to these situations.

Chris April 22, 2022 - 10:56 AM

Build a pipeline from the Cascades to the beginning of the Colorado River. Build three desalination plants in California, and create a better system to recapture runoff. Gavin is too busy focusing on the White House, releasing criminals, and redirecting tax money to useless equity projects.

Ricardoh April 22, 2022 - 12:42 PM

I have often thought about a pipeline down from Washington St were it rains every other day. Even from the Columbia river. It would be much cheaper and easier to build some desalination plants. They however will do nothing that isn’t woke.

Roz April 22, 2022 - 11:10 AM

So, the average customers use 260 gallons a day?
We’ve done our part 15%….x2. Down to 50 – 60 gallons a day.
The next step would be to only shower when it rains.

Mutts April 22, 2022 - 11:19 AM

Illegals are depleting us also. Next comes scare the air days.

DD April 22, 2022 - 12:37 PM

Careful on this one. I have family in Nevada that voluntarily cut their water usage by 20% during the last drought. When the state went to mandatory rationing several months later they used the most recent usage (the 20% cut) as a baseline. Do the right thing and get screwed for it.

Randy April 22, 2022 - 2:23 PM

.. did they take into account people WFH now? noooo… did they take into account increased number of people living in households because of covid losing their jobs, etc.. nooooo did Newsom spend some of the surplus tax $$ billions of OURS to build desalination plants? nooooo did Newsom build more rain retention facilities? noooooo ..do I feel encouarged by any of the so called leadership? nooooooo

WCreaker April 22, 2022 - 2:58 PM

Reduce water usage – OK we will try. But then since CCWD gets revenue of a volume based rate they get less so need to raise rates to cover costs. How about rationing costs? Less water use means less pumping means less electricity cost and less maintenance. And perhaps reduce staff 15%! Would be surprised if they don’t have some jobs to delete.
What is incentive to conserve? Just like PG&E it’s out of control.

Sick of it April 22, 2022 - 4:06 PM

Quit building more houses. The population of California has doubled in the last 30 years with no new water supply or storage ever built to accommodate the growth. The last big water shortage back in the 70s we all adopted low flow and water saving devices. For years houses have been built with water saving devices. There is only so much that can be saved. But the fact that we live in a arid state and those who have been voted in can’t or won’t do anything to either slow down the growth or increase the water storage or supply is ridiculous. This state needs new leadership and it is not the Democratic Party, they have made a mess of this state in all aspects.

nytemuvr April 22, 2022 - 7:00 PM

@Sick of it….A few years ago going through my Dad’s plumbing parts buckets looking for something, I came across a huge chrome Delta shower head from the 60s. It was new, in the box, with a Simmons price tag still on it. I snagged that baby up and installed it in my shower. The first time I took a shower with it, it almost knocked me to my knees. It’s my favorite bathroom plumbing fixture, now if I could find an old Eljer Titan toilet……

Cellophane April 22, 2022 - 4:17 PM

The biggest problem in Ca is that the people have elected politicians to do the work of responsible men and women.

Politicians can’t fix anything for the people.

Responsible people can.

We are not out of water.

We are out of responsible politicians.

Exit 12A April 22, 2022 - 6:49 PM

CA cannot conserve its way to surplus water.
CA needs additional water resources given its growing population and new development.

CA needs additional water resources like canals, wells, dams, reservoirs, pump stations, and pipelines.

Drill baby, drill.

Randy April 23, 2022 - 6:44 AM

… that’s part of the problem – too many housing developments are being approved to be built… but no politician will say that – threatens their career in this woke state

The Fearless Spectator April 23, 2022 - 9:41 AM

Well said, and California can’t tax it’s way into prosperity either.

I would suggest it’s time for new state leadership, however we don’t have a leader now. So I will suggest we elect a leader in November.

Ms. MOM April 23, 2022 - 2:47 PM

How much can I cut back on water? I have low flow everything, got rid of my lawn. Drip system on twice a week for less than 10min. How about no more new homes? How do they keep building when water & electricity are limited? No one can explain that!

Kauai Mike April 24, 2022 - 6:30 AM

Meanwhile, local governments bend over backwards approving new home construction to create lucrative, new tax traps. Plenty of ‘water’ for that!

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