Stretching a Precious Resource

In addition to flood control management, the District is also charged with water conservation. Conserving water is becoming more important as the population of Alameda County grows, and as weather patterns fluctuate. The Bay Area has had droughts before and will again.

Sustainable practices that help to conserve water are very important to the District. Removing concrete lining from stormwater channels andrestoring creeks and channels to a more natural condition help to improve water quality and recharge groundwater.

Removing non-native plants and replacing them with native trees and vegetation that require less water to thrive is another way the District helps to conserve water. The District together with the Alameda County Public Works Agency (ACPWA) includes Bay Friendly Landscaping practices in their projects.

Groundwater Wells

Wells are drilled into the earth to access groundwater resources for agricultural, manufacturing, and household needs. Some cities maintain groundwater wells to provide an emergency water supply in case the regular water supply is damaged by an earthquake.

A permit must be obtained prior to constructing any groundwater well. ACPWA’s Water Resources Section is responsible for all well permitting activities across nine cities and unincorporated western Alameda County. The Water Resources Section manages all drilling permit applications, and oversees compliance with guidelines for well construction and destruction, geotechnical and well contamination investigations, well data searches that meet specific criteria, and other activities.

Anyone needing to drill a well or exploratory hole should visit the Well Standards Program, or contact:; James Yoo (phone: 510-670-5480 or fax: 510-782-1939).

ACPWA 2008 Well Standards Photo Credit: Vicky Hamlin, Alameda County Public Works Agency