Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life

On May 9, 2016, then Governor Brown signed Executive Order B-37-16, "Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life."   Among other things, this order prohibits wasting potable water by:

  • hosing off sidewalks, driveways, and other hardscapes;
  • washing automobiles without shut-off hose nozzles;
  • using non-recirculated water in water features;
  • watering lawns in a manner that cause runoff;
  • watering lawns within 48 hours following measurable precipitation.

In addition the City has requested that all water users follow voluntary conservation measures such as:

  • irrigate landscape and water lawns between the hours of 6pm and 9am in order to limit evaporation
  • do not overfill swimming pools, spas, ponds, etc.
  • Restaurants should serve water only when requested.

If you notice a potential waste of water, please email or call the Water Resources Division at (925) 960-8100 or 

Why Conserve Water?

As one of life's most essential elements for survival, it's important to keep in mind that water is not an unlimited resource. Here in Livermore, much of the water delivered to us is surface water that the Valley's water wholesaler, Zone 7 Water Agency, imports from the State Water Project. The surface supplies are dependent on the amount of rainfall and the snow pack in the Sierra mountains, and this varies from year-to-year. While the water may seem to flow endlessly from our taps, using water wisely today will help to avoid water shortages during future dry periods.

We invite you to visit the links on the menu at the left to browse and learn more about how you, too, can help to conserve our precious water supplies.

Save Our Water

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Save Our Water is a statewide program aimed at helping Californians reduce their everyday water use. Visit the Save Our Water website for water saving ideas, rebates and news for permanently reducing water use - regardless of whether California is in a drought.

Brown is the new green when it comes to Bay Area lawns. Join the effort declaring "Brown is the New Green". Click here to print a copy of the "Brown is the New Green" lawn sign provided by the Save Our Water program.

Lose Your Lawn the Bay Friendly Way

Ready to replace your thirsty lawn? Visit Lawn-to-Garden to learn about the benefits of sheet mulching, learn how to sheet mulch, find out about rebates and discounts on materials, get inspired by examples of local lawn conversions, and use the searchable vendor list to find cardboard, compost, mulch and more. Sheet mulching kills the lawn in place without herbicides and creates drought-resistant soil through the addition of compost and mulch along with the decomposing lawn itself—plus, it closes the organics loop. Sheet mulching provides a better alternative to ripping out lawn, and avoids sending 87 tons/acre of sod to the landfill. 

See a short video of a recent lawn conversion in Livermore by visiting this page. 

Create a Water-Wise Garden

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Have you sheet mulched your lawn or just want to learn how to create a water-wise garden suited to the Tri-Valley region? Visit the Water-Wise Gardening website to see vivid color photos, use the searchable plant databases, find Bay-Friendly Qualified Professional landscaping help, learn water-saving tips, and more!


Water Shortage Contingency Plan

To prepare for interruptions in water supplies, a Water Shortage Contingency Plan was adopted by the Livermore City Council for the Livermore Municipal Water Service Area. (For information on Cal Water's service area in Livermore, call 447-4900.)

Originally adopted in 1991, the Plan was updated in 1996 and again in 2005. The Plan is a part of the City’s water conservation rules and regulations. The plan consists of four levels or stages of water conservation. The levels are: no conservation (Stage I); 25% reduction (Stage II); 35% reduction (Stage III); and 50% reduction (Stage IV). The plan also contains guidelines for residential and commercial water conservation and water waste prohibitions depending of the stage of conservation that is mandated. See the Water Shortage Contingency Plan and the current water rates at the various stages of water conservation.