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Fremont might have to cutback on water use.

By Matt Artz
Friday, January 30th, 2009 at 11:34 am in Uncategorized.

Lots of papers had this type of story about the Sierra Snowpack being pretty week in this third consecutive dry year.

Tri-City area residents aren’t as dependent on the Sierra as the folks in SF and Oakland, but the drought could soon impact residents.

The Alameda County Water District, which only serves Fremont, Newark and Union City, is in the process of developing contingency plans for mandatory water reductions and rate increases for customers who use too much water.

The district could be looking to ask customers to use anywhere from 10 to 20 percent less water, depending on how the rest of the rainy season goes. Those would be the first mandatory restrictions since 1991/92.

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  • Doug

    I have no problem with being asked to cut back on our at home water use. We are already doing so without being asked. But, if we are slapped with mandatory rationing and I drive by the new water park this summer watching thousands upon thousands of gallons of water gushing through those tubes it’s going to be a hard pill to swallow unless the city can provide a rational explanation.

  • Charlotte Allen

    Yes, I’d like to know how much water the water park will use daily and whether or not it will be subject to the same conservation measures as homeowners. It is going to be tough watching our landscaping turn brown while the water slides are running full blast.

  • Jon Simon

    Doug,
    Don’t fill your pool or buy a kiddy-pool; come to the water park instead? I think of the water park like I think of lawns at the park. Even if I had to leave my lawn brown in a drought, a lush lawn at the park where my kids and many others could play would be nice.

  • Doug

    Jon, I don’t have a pool, although our homeowners assoc. does. Waaay past needing a kid’s pool and no grand kids.
    No lawn either. Am I doing okay so far?

    Re: park lawn, I believe it’s watered using the underground springs not Alameda Co. water.

    Just wondering what the evaporation rate is on the new facility. Indoor water play facilities are easier on that.

    It’s also the perception presented when people see spraying fountains and lazy rivers….gee, things must not be all that bad!

  • MikeTeeVee

    [if we are slapped with mandatory rationing and I drive by the new water park this summer watching thousands upon thousands of gallons of water gushing through those tubes it’s going to be a hard pill to swallow]

    It’s not as if the water goes once down the slide and directly down the drain. Don’t they recirculate it?

  • Doug

    I would hope so Mike and I’m sure that’s the case. But P-E-R-C-E-P-T-I-O-N on the part of the public is important. People put no thought into it other than, “hey, the city’s using all this water, so why can’t I?”

    Matt, ACWD says 6.2 million gallons annually, which is equal to 50 single-family homes. Is that a family of 2, 4, 6? There are just two in our household. We consumed 12,716 gallons in the last 66 day billing period. The year prior we had four in the house and consumed 22,440 gallons in 64 days. Doing the math on ACWD’s number it would equal 22,422 gallons in the 66 day period.

  • bbox231

    Jon Simon is spot on re the water park.

    If utilized as a common community resort, it’s efficiency will be difficult to question – albeit in terrible conflict with the Lake Elizabeth environ.

    It will be interesting to see how the community and its highly disparate social factions make use (or dont) of this resource.

  • Doug

    Hey, what the heck, it’s only 50 families water supply for a year. Let’s see, do we draw straws to see who those 50 families are?

    Jon and Bbox231, what will be interesting is what happens if we experience similar levels of precipitation.

    If you’re interested look up the Moche, 536 -594 AD. 30 years of drought and 30 years of torrential rains did them in.

  • Marty

    “If you’re interested look up the Moche, 536 -594 AD. 30 years of drought and 30 years of torrential rains did them in.”

    Mission peak will be our Machu Picchu. REI Adventures will make a killing on hiking tours.

    Bbox, you’re getting a bit brainy for me. Are you taking a class at Ohlone or something?

  • bbox231

    Awww shuks, Marty . . . you busted me out .

    The truth is that I have been tutoring under certain Argus reporters……