• Oakley Water Agency Proposes Drought Restrictions

  • The Diablo Water District — an Oakley-based water company in eastern Contra Costa County — is proposing to establish a specific water budget for new construction landscape irrigation in response to its state-mandated 28 percent consumption target. Specifically, the district is considering a limit of 90 gallons per day on average April through November and 25 gallons per day over seven consecutive days in December through March. The provision would apply to new homes that have been issued building permits starting May 15, 2015. BIA|Bay Area and its members are invited to attend a stakeholders’ meeting at 9 a.m. on May 7, 2015, at the agency’s office, 2107 Main St., Oakley. The water district’s governing board will hold a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. that same day to consider the draft emergency conservation ordinance spurred by California’s drought emergency declaration issued last month.

    READ MORE: Additionally, the draft ordinance contains provisions that would allow the district’s general manager to take a number of steps in the event that he determines the agency is in danger of not meeting its 28 percent water reduction mandate. A number of these restrictions involve limitations on the use of potable water during residential construction activities and an outright ban on planting new lawns. Click here to download the agenda for the district’s May 7 special meeting. Click here to download DWD General Manager Mike Yeraka’s staff report and draft emergency conservation ordinance. For additional information, contact East Bay Governmental Affairs Executive Director Lisa Vorderbrueggen at 925-348-1956 or lvorderbrueggen@biabayarea.org.