Drought Information

Dublin is a leader in water conservation. Over the past several years, the City has placed great emphasis on reducing its consumption of potable water (drinking water), by converting many of its parks and streetscapes to recycled water. Currently, recycled water use is approximately 90% of total usage for municipal operations. By taking action early and converting many of the City’s water systems to recycled water, the City has been able to save and free up over 164 million gallons of much-needed water for Dublin residents each year.

In addition to the expansion of the recycled water systems, the City Council has instituted other water-saving efforts:

  • Created a practice within the kitchens of City facilities to scrape dishes versus rinsing.
  • Eliminated or limited power washing of walkways, entry plazas, etc.
  • Adjusted sensitivity to auto flushers and faucets within City facilities.
  • Turned off all landscape fountains at City facilities.
  • Optimized the frequency of City facility window cleaning.
  • Consistent checking of all City facilities for leaks and water waste.
  • Curtailed washing City vehicles except when needed.
Coupled with the City's municipal water-saving measures, the entire Dublin community, including residents and businesses, is also doing its part to conserve water. The San Francisco Chronicle noted on October 8, 2014, that Dublin is one of the top cities in the State of California in water conservation, cutting back nearly 36% of water usage that year. In a KQED Science article, dated July 30, 2015, it was noted that the Dublin-San Ramon Services District saved 31% more water than was required by Governor Brown.  The City of Dublin is truly setting a standard for others to follow. 

Operational Schedule for Water Play Areas at Dublin Parks

In order to be responsible and mindful of the current drought situation, the City of Dublin has adjusted the operations of the water play areas at Dublin parks.  From Memorial Day weekend through the end of September, the water play areas at Emerald Glen Park and Shannon Park are operational only when temperatures are forecast to be 90 degrees or above, and only between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  The water feature at Devany Square will remain off until further notice.  

Check back at the end of May 2017 for a daily notice of when the water play areas will be in operation.