Water Conservation

Drought Update  


On October 5, 2021, the Pleasanton City Council declared a Local Drought Emergency and Stage 2 Water Shortage, with a 15% water use reduction compared to the same time period in 2020. This action does not include the activation of drought rates or excess use penalties. Review the Stage 2 Water Conservation Measures to start saving more water today!



  • Make simple changes to your routine or install WaterSense labeled plumbing fixtures and irrigation equipment to reduce water use without noticing!


  • Limit outdoor watering to no more than 1 day per week starting in October. The watering needs of plants drops substantially in the fall and winter even if the temperature is hot. This is due to the days being shorter. With fewer hours for evaporation to take place and cooler night time temperatures to provide relief, plants need less water. Also, plants begin to go into their dormant phase in the fall and winter - less growth = less water needed. Download our Recommended Year-Round Watering Schedule for more information.

  • Learn how to detect common household leaks here: Indoor and Outdoor Leak Detection

  •  Potable water shall not be used for hose or power washing of driveways, sidewalks, and other hardscapes.

  •  Eliminate water runoff from irrigation by shortening watering time and adding multiple watering cycles.

  •  Water landscaping between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. to reduce water loss from wind and evaporation.

  • Turn off the controller when rain is expected. Watering outdoors is prohibited during and within 48 hours of measurable rainfall.

  •  Wash cars, trucks, etc., with a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle - and remember - no water may enter the storm drain system, this includes the gutter - consider washing vehicles at a car wash that recirculates a portion of the wash water.

  •  CHECK FOR & FIX ALL leaks in and around your home and/or business regularly; these include leaky toilets, faucets, showers, sprinklers, and valves. - Leaks can account for 14% of indoor water use!

  •  Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, shaving, or dish washing by hand.

  •  Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes.

  •  Install water-efficient devices, such as low flow faucet aerators and shower heads. Receive up to 3 free low flow water devices!

  • Take shorter showers. Reducing your showering time by 5 minutes can save up to 12.5 gallons of water! 

  •  Keep your pool covered when it's not in use - this will significantly reduce water loss from evaporation.

  • Register for the Customer Water Portal (https://pleasantonwater.smartcmobile.com). This allows you to monitor monthly, daily and hourly water consumption, and you can select to receive auto-leak notifications for early detection (within 24 hours) of possible leaks. For more information, please click here

  • Learn how to read your water meter, and use it to detect water leaks here:

  •  How to Read Your Digital Meter

  •  How to Read Your Manual Meter

Learn about water conservation from home. Online Water Conservation Resources:

  • Hometown Water: The Lifeline of Pleasanton - The Go Green Initiative and local students present their new documentary, "Hometown Water: The Lifeline of Pleasanton." This video explores the endless importance of water's role in the town of Pleasanton.  Join us in following Pleasanton's water journey, from historical water use to future water necessities, to understanding why it's imperative that we conserve water use now and into the future. 
  • Low Water Use Public Gardens Virtual Tour - This collection of gardens, conveys the diversity and beauty of Livermore-Amador Valley native plants and other low-water-use plants. Explore the low-water-use Valley gardens, and get inspired! 
  • View past Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency webinars here
  • The EPA's WaterSenseWaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designed to encourage water efficiency.
  • Save Our Water- Save Our Water’s goal is to make water conservation a life-long habit. Explore the website to discover how you can save water indoors and outdoors!

More Water Conservation Resources

City's adopted 2020 Urban Water Management Plan (Appendices), Water Shortage Contingency Plan, and Addendum to 2015 Urban Water Management Plan Demonstrating Reduced Delta Reliance 

Want more help reducing your water use? Check out our Water Conservation Rebates and Servicesor call the City of Pleasanton Water Conservation Program: 925-519-5352.

Rescape California is a holistic approach to gardening and landscaping that works in harmony with the natural conditions of the San Francisco Bay Watershed. Bay-Friendly practices foster soil health, conserve water and other valuable resources while reducing waste and preventing pollution.

Visit Lose Your Lawn for information and local resources for removing your lawn. The website has step-by-step videos demonstrating how to use the innovative technique of sheet mulching, a simple method used to enrich the soil in planting areas, establish a new landscape or garden area, or remove a lawn without herbicides.

The Alameda County Master Gardeners are a group of trained volunteers that help residents of Alameda County learn about gardening. They offer a wealth of information from outstanding plants for Alameda County, safe plant pest management, demonstration gardens, and more.


For more information about the City of Pleasanton Water Conservation Program please contact: jswenson@cityofpleasantonca.gov