LIVERMORE -- Recent rains notwithstanding, Livermore is moving forward with mandatory water-saving measures intended to reduce usage by up to 20 percent.

City officials on Tuesday announced the implementation of a second, more restrictive phase of the city's Water Shortage Contingency Plan, saying a voluntary measure in place since February hasn't sufficiently improved the city's water supply in anticipation of summer.

The restrictions include mandating nighttime lawn watering and irrigation, requiring buckets and hoses equipped with shut-off nozzles to wash vehicles, prohibiting the overfilling of pools and spas, and other conservation practices.

"If water customers continue their wise water habits inside the house, and focus on cutting their outdoor water use by more than half, we anticipate being able to achieve the water use reductions needed to make it through the warm summer months," Livermore assistant public works director Darren Greenwood said in a press release.

According to the city, the measures focus on outdoor use and customers using above-average quantities of water. First-time violators would be issued notices, with multiple violations leading to possible termination of water service.

For more information and a full list of restrictions, visit www.cityoflivermore.net/citygov/drought.asp.


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