The Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday night likely will declare a local drought emergency, as well as a stage 2 water shortage, and mandate that Pleasanton water customers reduce their water use by 15%.
The move follows Tri-Valley water wholesaler, Zone 7 Water Agency, declaring a state of drought emergency within its service area and its own stage 2 water shortage on Sept. 1, also mandating its retailers to cut back 15 percent on water use.
City staff is recommending the council adopt the urgency ordinance and hire part-time temporary employees to staff the city's drought call center, help with the assistance program, and respond to reports of leaks, water waste, and general non-compliance.
Zone 7 coordinated a campaign last summer attempting to raise awareness about water conservation. A staff report for Tuesday's council meeting said Zone 7's Tri-Valley communities managed a 7% reduction for July.
Staff isn't recommending activating drought rates or excessive use penalties with this mandated reduction, though those could come down the line if goals aren't met and the drought gets worse.