CCWD ­residential users facing 15% cut this summer

Drought restrictions announced in Contra Costa County

CCWD ­residential users facing 15% cut this summer
Contra Costa Canal. (Pete Cruz photo)

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (July 6, 2022) — Contra Costa now faces a third consecutive dry year. Responding to drought conditions requires all customers to reduce water consumption. Because of this, both Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) and East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) have enacted Stage 2 of their Water Shortage Contingency Plan.

Beginning July 1, 2022, both utilities have added new water use restrictions for residential and commercial users. This includes a drought surcharge added to all water used. These restrictions hopefully will result in necessary water conservation to ensure the ongoing availability of the public water supply for critical uses.

Drought restrictions include:

  • Limiting outdoor watering to three times per week, between the hours of 9 p.m. – 6 a.m., with no runoff. No irrigation within 48 hours of rainfall.
  • Prohibiting washing of sidewalks and driveways.
  • Prohibiting non-recirculating decorative fountains.
  • Requiring use of hose shut-off nozzle when washing motor vehicles.
  • Requiring restaurants to only provide drinking water upon request, and hotels to offer patrons the option of not having towels and linens washed daily.
  • Prohibiting irrigation of turf on public street medians.
  • Prohibiting irrigation of non-functional turf on non-residential sites

You can find full details of these Drought Management Programs at and