Alameda County Water District’s (District) water conservation program has been in place since 1977. The District was a founding member of the California Urban Water Conservation Council (CUWCC), established in 1991, now known as the California Water Efficiency Partnership (CalWEP).
CUWCC was initiated as a statewide partnership of urban water agencies, public interest organizations and private entities actively working together to manage California's limited water resources. As a member of CUWCC, the District signed a Memorandum of Understanding between urban water districts throughout the State of California to implement cost-effective water conservation Best Management Practices. With the advent of State regulations on water use (water agency efficiency targets), SB7x-7 in 2009 and the Governor’s Executive Order B-37-16 to Make Conservation a California Way of Life in 2016, the CUWCC’s mission changed. The organization has transitioned from a MOU-driven organization to a technical assistance clearing house. Their mission now is to support water agencies in meeting new State mandated targets and to encourage water efficiency improvements through research and innovation throughout the State of California. The District remains an active member of the new organization.
Please refer to the District’s Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) for more information about the District’s conservation program implementation and planning. Conservation is also a significant component of the District’s Integrated Resources Plan (IRP), a plan that takes into consideration all essential elements of water supply management to ensure that the District can support its mission to provide a reliable supply of high quality water at a reasonable price to its customers.
ACWD is also a member of the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA), an agency that represents the interests of 24 cities and water districts, and two private utilities that purchase water from the San Francisco regional water system. ACWD frequently coordinates with BAWSCA on water conservation programs. For more information please visit the BAWSCA website.
In March of 2015, ACWD was awarded the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award for its conservation efforts, including an innovative program ACWD ran from 2014 to 2015 that assisted low income customers. In 2014, ACWD teamed up with Niagara Conservation to develop a free Water Savings Assistance Program to help low income customers in Fremont, Newark and Union City upgrade inefficient water fixtures in their homes. Through this program, a Certified Green Plumber conducted a water use survey and then replaced any inefficient fixtures, including faucet aerators, showerheads and toilets, with high-efficiency models. The plumber also looked for toilet leaks in existing low flow toilets and fixed them when found.
Additionally, ACWD is proud to partner with local businesses and agencies to sponsor water conservation efforts throughout our service area. Through these efforts, the Water Conservation Program is able to provide additional resources to our customers. Learn more about the Water Conservation Program’s sponsorships and partnerships.