Drought & Conservation Resource Center
Water Shortage Emergency Declared
Mandatory Water Use Restrictions in Effect
Following two critically dry years and with expected water supply constraints, on December 9, ACWD declared a water shortage emergency in Fremont, Newark and Union City and adopted an ordinance with mandatory water use restrictions aimed at reducing water use by 15% across the Tri-City area. Individual customer accounts will not be subject to specific reduction levels.
Customers are asked to eliminate water waste, limit outdoor irrigation while maintaining landscape viability, and minimize other non-essential water use.
Prohibited during the water shortage emergency:
- Runoff from irrigation or watering
- Leaks and breaks within the customers' plumbing that are not fixed within 72 hours after the leak is discovered
- Draining and subsequent refilling of swimming pools
- Use of decorative water fountains
- Using hoses without quick-acting positive shutoff nozzles
- Hosing off sidewalks, driveways, etc.
- Irrigation while it's raining, or irrigation that results in ponding or excessive runoff
Learn how to program common weather-based irrigation smart controllers to ensure you are in compliance with ACWD's irrigation schedule requirements, as outlined in ACWD's Ordinance Declaring a Water Shortage Emergency and Adopting Water Use Regulations, Restrictions, and Guidelines.
Drought Video Library
Conserve & Preserve: Drought Townhall - Assemblymember Alex Lee - View recording of townhall meeting
Local Water Experts Answer Your Drought Questions - Alameda County District 1 Supervisor David Haubert - View recording of townhall meeting
The Grey Water Project - Interview with ACWD General Manager Ed Stevenson - View recording of interview
Drought Hacks: Tips for Converting Your Lawn to Water-Efficient Landscape - View recording of workshop
League of Women Voters - Drought and Your Water Supply Presentation - View recording of presentation
Landscape Maintenance and Tree Care During Drought Workshop: View recording of workshop
Investments in Advanced Metering Infrastructure Increase Water Use Efficiency
Over the next two and a half years, ACWD will install Advanced Metering Infrastructure or AMI. Customer benefits:
- Receive leak alerts
- Receive water use efficiency tips
- Monitor water use
- Review and pay bills