LIVERMORE -- Due to ongoing drought conditions, Livermore residents are being asked to voluntarily cut their water usage by 20 percent as part of a city-wide effort to reduce consumption.

The City Council on Monday agreed to enact the first stage of its water shortage contingency plan, calling for the reduction. For the average person, the reduction means using about 25 gallons less water per day. As an example, city officials said, cutting a 10-minute shower to five minutes or replacing an older showerhead with a low-flow type fixture could meet the goal.

There is no change to water rates under this stage of the contingency plan.

For details, including water conservation tips and rebates, visit http://www.cityoflivermore.net/citygov/pw/public_works_divisions/wrd/default.asp.

Contact Jeremy Thomas at 925-847-2184. Follow him at Twitter.com/jet_bang.



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