East Bay Municipal Utility District

With all the news about water shortages and climate change, it’s hard not to think maybe Chicken Little was right. Bees disappearing, millions of trees lost, metallic tasting water – all pieces of a troubling and seemingly interconnected puzzle. So what can you do to conserve?

East Bay water officials are imposing mandatory restrictions on water use to conserve water in the face of an extreme drought.

Officials with the East Bay Municipal Utility District are requiring customers to cut their water use by 20 percent compared with their 2013 use, in order to comply with new state regulations requiring the district to cut water use by that amount and to deal with shrinking water reserves and uncertainty about where additional water might come from or when the drought may end.

Alamedans will soon be asked to both conserve more water and pay more for what they use to help preserve the East Bay’s water supply in the face of a lingering drought.

On a warm, dry November night, officials of the East Bay Municipal Utility District discussed plans to respond to the current drought by financially rewarding residents in Alameda and the district's other cities who save water and penalizing those who squander it.

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Some High Street residents are calling on tech companies that run buses through Alameda to address the traffic and parking problems they said the buses can create. A city official says they became aware of the concerns in June and are working to address them.

East Bay water officials approved new restrictions this week that limit watering of lawns and landscaping and other outdoor uses.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here are your headlines for the week.

Fresh water conservation efforts are occurring at a seemingly unlikely place: The local car wash.

The city and the East Bay Municipal Utility District are holding a public meeting to discuss potential changes to Alameda’s private sewer lateral ordinance from 10 a.m. to noon March 27 in council chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. The ordinance details property owners’ responsibility for sewer lateral testing, repair, and replacement, particularly when a property is sold or transferred. The city’s current ordinance is available here.

Thoughts of a drought may have been put on hold during this weekend's rainstorms. But now that the clouds have cleared, authorities are again urging Californians to conserve water.