As California’s drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with water meters.
A leaking aqueduct made a mess of a Walnut Creek neighborhood this week.
About 20 EBMUD customers were without water service due to a water main break Sunday morning that resulted in property damage in Oakland’s Glenview district.
Despite a wet weekend, the East Bay Municipal Utility District said they still need more water. The district is looking at buying billions of gallons from the government, but customers would pay a steep price.
Pools have been losing their appeal in parts of the Bay Area as the worst drought in decades continue to shape residents’ relationship with water.
Water regulatory agencies in San Francisco and the East Bay have decided at their meetings to impose mandatory restrictions for water use.
A water main in Richmond that has been leaking for years has been fixed and the East Bay Municipal Utility District — which had long denied the seep was from their pipes — finally owned up to the problem.
The East Bay Municipal Utility District, Stege Sanitary District and six cities have agreed to pay $1.5 million in fines to settle allegations they allowed raw or partially treated sewage to flow into the San Francisco Bay.
Last week California mandated fines of up to $500 for water wasters prompting Bay Area water agencies to urge usage cutbacks of up to 20 percent. In the East Bay, one water agency says they’re in much better shape.
While the Bay Area can’t afford to waste a single drop of water during this drought, a leak in the East Bay has been going on for years, and no one can decide whose job it is to fix it.