Oakland Policies on Water Conservation

Date Posted: August 31st, 2018 @ 3:44 PM
Last Updated: November 2nd, 2018 @ 2:17 PM

Energy & Climate Action Plan

The Oakland Energy and Climate Action Plan contains 13 specific actions to improve water conservation in municipal buildings, ordinances and in the community. Highlights of the city's success in implementing these include:

  • ECAP Action BE-36: Encourage the installation of rainwater and greywater systems where appropriate in accordance with State and local codes.
    • Oakland conducted a three-year Rain Barrel Program to place 2,708 rain barrels and cisterns in homes throughout the community. These have the capacity to store more than 400,000 gallons of rainwater, serving to protect creeks, provide irrigation and reduce flooding.

  • ECAP Action BE-41: Create standard openings procedures for installing water efficient fixtures and equipment in municipal buildings, landscapes, ball fields, and swimming pools at regular replacement schedules, and proactively when cost-effective.
    • As part of the LEED certification process, all municipal new construction and major renovation projects include a minimum of 20% reduction in water use. This is accomplished through efficient faucets, low-flow bathroom fixtures and drip irrigation systems. parks and landscape projects use only Bay Friendly plants and irrigation practices, reducing water use in outdoor spaced as well.

Bay Friendly Landscape Ordinance - Municipal As part of the effort to ensure that new municipal buildings and sires are sustainable and efficient, the city requires all new government buildings and landscaping projects to comply with the practices of the Bay Friendly Landscape Guidelines.

Bay Friendly Landscape Ordinance - Residential In addition to municipal buildings, all newly constructed homes in Oakland are required by law to follow the practices of the Bay Friendly Landscape Guidelines.