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Brentwood Gets an A+ For Water Conservation

September 30, 2015

WaterHoseThe drought in California is not over and communities across the state are working together to cut back water use in a variety of ways. It takes everyone to make a difference, with residents and businesses alike taking measures to use less water. Back in April of this year, Governor Brown instated mandatory water use reductions for all cities, with a goal to collectively cut back 35% from 2013 usage rates across the state within a year. There are incentives in place to encourage conservation and fines for those municipalities that don’t meet the guideline parameters. Brentwood is not only saving a lot of water but we have managed to save almost double the amount required. The latest data shows the city has cut back 44% on water usage.

With savings as high as they are, Brentwood has been given an A+ for water saving measures, and the City Council is looking to reward residents with a reprieve for winter, should the results continue through to the end of October. If the water usage rate remains at 44% as of November 1st residents will be allowed to use up to 3,000 gallons more of water per month from December through March. The fines for excessive water use will be lowered from a range of $100 to $300, down to just a flat $100 fee. This fine will be imposed on any household which doesn’t reduce water use by a minimum of 35%.

On the flip side to ensure no one goes overboard with the reprieve, anyone who increases water use in a month will be fined $200. Water conservation rebates will also be a bit smaller for the winter months, going from a range of $10-$50 down to a range of $10-$20. Brentwood City Council still wants to maintain the level of commitment to reducing water usage, and to be able to report a success to the Governor come February when all California cities have to report how much water they have saved under the new state restrictions.

Residents of Brentwood have taken water reduction seriously and the results showcase this. The city also had a hand in helping people save on water usage. We were one of the first cities in California to offer non-potable recycled water for yard and garden irrigation. The program was begun in June and in just a few months approximately 9.6 million gallons of recycled water have been delivered. This was such a popular idea that the city had to bring on temp workers to be able to keep up with the demand. Not only has this helped us use less water from our reservoirs, but we have also been able to maintain green landscapes as well.

It is measures such as these that have made the difference in how well we as a community has been success in the water reduction program so far. The Brentwood City website is full of information about what you can do to save water and how we can all benefit. When you are ready to sell or buy a home, me and my team are ready to help you through the entire process. Our goal is to make your experience both easy and pleasurable. Contact us today at (925) 634-7820, or by email at realestate@cecily.com.

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