Drought Response

California is experiencing a historic drought. The first three months of 2022 were the driest in the state's recorded history. Weather extremes brought on by climate change have reduced the state's water supply. Statewide updates on the drought can be found here: (https://www.drought.gov/states/california).

On April 26, 2022, East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) declared a Stage 2 drought, which mandates a 10% District-wide water use reduction. To ensure the water utility meets the needs of its customers if they dry weather continues, the EBMUD Board approved the following actions:
  • Drought surcharge of 8% on water flow beginning July 1, 2022. The surcharge will apply to customers' water use charges, not the entire water bill. 
  • Mandatory 10% water use reduction District-wide as compared to 2020 with a plan to review progress toward achieving this goal in November 2022.
  • Reinstatement of the Excessive Use Penalty Ordinance. The ordinance sets a threshold of roughly 1,646 gallons of water per day for households. Households who exceed the threshold will receive on warning, and then will face fines of $2 for every 748 gallons of water above the threshold.
  • Updated outdoor water restrictions, including limited outdoor watering to 3 times per week, prohibiting washing down sidewalks and driveways, and requiring restaurants and cafes to only provide water upon request, among other provisions. This includes only irrigating before 9am or after 6pm, prohibiting irrigation within 48 hours of measurable rainfall, and no filling decorative fountains that don't recirculate. 

For more information, visit EBMUD's drought page here (https://www.ebmud.com/water/drought/). 

News and Events

Drought News: 

Drought Information:

Water Conservation Events:

Water Saving Tips 

Most of Piedmont’s water is used by residential accounts. Here are some actions you can take to conserve water during a drought.

Inside the Home: 

  • Track and Manage Your Water Use: EBMUD has a free online tool - My Water Report - to track your water usage, receive notifications of potential leaks and high use, and save money.  

  • Make a Water Conservation Appointment: EBMUD offers step-by-step instructions to evaluate your water use, locate leaks, and measure flow rates. Check out the WaterSmart Home Survey Kit here. Once complete, make an appointment with an EBMUD water conservational specialist for a consultation of your water needs.

  • Investigate Leaks: Stop leaks from your indoor plumbing and consult EBMUD’s DIY Guide for Leaks and High Bills.

  • Update Indoor Fixtures: Inefficient fixtures can cause households to use more water than they need. Check out EBMUD’s free water conservation products including faucets, aerators, showerheads, and hose nozzles. Businesses may request free drought items to encourage their customers to conserve.    

Exterior Landscape


Join one of EBMUD's or BayREN’s programs to upgrade taps and reduce water waste.


To learn more about EBMUD, visit their contact page. For questions about Piedmont's response, please contact Sustainability Program Manager, Alyssa Dykman at [email protected] or Parks & Project Manager, Nancy Kent at [email protected]