Protecting Berkeley's Water Resources
Water is a basic necessity for life. The majority of the world and our bodies are made up of water. Yet there is an ever-growing demand for clean drinking water. Water conservation and protecting watershed health is vital to protecting our water resources and maintaining a clean, safe, reliable water supply. East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) provides water and wastewater services for Berkeley residents and businesses.
As the demand for water in California grows, so does the demand for energy: water-related energy use consumes 19% of the state's electricity, 30 percent of its natural gas, and 88 billion gallons of diesel fuel every year. By reducing water use, you can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to Berkeley’s Climate Action movement. See how the Berkeley community is doing towards saving water.
Water Conservation. Turn off water when it is not needed, install water efficient fixtures, and check for leaks. See EBMUD's Water Smart Center for tips and rebates for saving water as well as the California's Save Our Water rebates webpage. See the City's drought response webpage for more information on current efforts to save water.
Water Efficient Landscaping. Save water by irrigating your garden with harvested rainwater or graywater. Learn how to create a drought-resistant landscape using the guidelines from Bay Friendly Garden. Check out the irrigation and landscape requirements of the Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance.
Drinking Water. Drink from the tap! Berkeley's drinking water is renowned for its quality. To learn more, see EBMUD's information on water quality.
Watershed Protection. EBMUD's water supply begins at the Mokelumne River watershed in the Sierra Nevada and extends 90 miles to the East Bay. To learn more about how to reduce water pollution and keep our waterways clean and healthy, see watershed resources and Berkeley creeks. Enjoy the Berkeley Marina and San Francisco Bay shoreline.
Wastewater. Check out Sanitary Sewer Information and Sewage Leak Safety & Environmental Health.
Stormwater. Berkeley's stormwater drains to the San Francisco Bay. Stormdrains should be clean and free of trash and pollution, see Stormwater Drain Information and Industrial and Commercial Stormwater Inspection information. Check out the Stormwater Fact Sheets that include information how to encourage retention and infiltration through bioswales, permeable paving, rain gardens, and rainwater catchment. For stormwater pollution prevention during construction, see Best Management Practices. More information can also be found on the Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program website.
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