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Brentwood Gets a Water Reprieve

November 18, 2015
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WaterFaucetIn September I shared a post about the great job the residents of Brentwood have been doing in conserving water. We have lowered our water use well below the required amounts in response to the drought we are experiencing. City leaders indicated that if the decline in use continued we would see a reprieve in water use requirements for the winter. As of November 1st, we get to relax a little when it comes to our water. Because we have been reducing our water usage by almost 10% more than is required, we will be able to use more water per month, and see lower fines should we go over the threshold.

For the months of December through March residents will be allowed to use up to 8,000 gallons of water per month without getting fined. This is up from the maximum of 6,000 gallon during the summer. We can get this additional water and we will still be able to meet the state requirement of reducing our use by 35% compared to what was used in 2013. For those that do go over however, the fee will not be quite as much as before. Residents will have to pay a penalty fee of $100 if they do not reduce their usage by 35% for a month. Any household, which increases its usage compared to 2013, will now be fined $200 only. Previously the fee was on a scale depending on how much of an increase was reported.

While this is all great news, Brentwood families will also see less in the form of rebates from the city for water reduction. Last winter you could earn up to $50 per month in rebates by reducing your water use. This year the maximum will be $20 if you reduce your usage by more than 50%. You will get a $10 rebate if you reduce your water consumption by 36-50% in a month. One other change to be aware of is the operation of the recycled water fill station in town. The hours will be shortened for the season, operating Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The fill station will be closed on all Tuesdays and Thursdays, on city holidays, and any time after there has been measurable rainfall.

The residents of Brentwood should be proud of the efforts we have made in reducing our water use. This is one example which shows how we come together as a community. It’s even better that the City has recognized our efforts, and given us a reprieve in restrictions. 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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