Water Conservation

With drought conditions worsening and California in its third dry year, water conservation is needed to stretch our precious water supply. Drought is a recurring feature of California’s climate, and persistent, dry weather cycles are occurring closer together, signaling the impact of climate change, and a more arid future.

Climate change requires Californians to use water more wisely and prepare for more frequent and longer periods of limited water supply.  Residents can adopt easy, simple habits to save water and preserve available water supply, protect water resources, and maintain critical flows for fish and wildlife. 

Here are five ways to save water now:

  • Find and fix leaks
  • Take shorter showers
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
  • Apply for rebates to replace lawn with water-efficient landscape
  • Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes and cut back by one load per week

Saving water is a shared responsibility.  Each person can make a difference by eliminating water waste, limiting outdoor irrigation while maintaining landscape viability, and minimizing other non-essential water use critical to water resiliency during drought. 

For water saving tips, rebate information and current water supply conditions for residents in Fremont, Newark and Union City, visit www.acwd.org/drought. For the rest of Alameda County you can visit https://www.ebmud.com/water/drought.

Blog post in partnership with Alameda County Water District.


AC Library staff have created excellent booklists featuring water and its various topics. Enjoy reading and learning about the importance of water conservation and books featuring water in fun ways!

Lists for Children:

Raising water-wise kids

List created by ACL_KateC

Books that discuss drought and the importance of being water-wise!

Wondering About Water - Summer Adventure 2022

List created by ACL_ChristinaC

Picture books celebrating the wonder of water. Alameda County Library invites you to come along for our 2022 Summer Adventure, Wonder in Nature! From June 15 to August 15, let's celebrate the joy of following our curiosity by taking time to admire the wonders of the great outdoors, our neighborhoods, and indoor environments. Pick up an Adventure Guide at any AC Library location starting June 15.

ACL - Where Water Sets the Stage - Summer Adventure 2022

List created by ACL_KellyP

Water is one of our most precious resources-- but it's also pretty cool when it's crucial to a story. These middle grade titles are appropriate for ages 9-12. Alameda County Library invites you to come along for our 2022 Summer Adventure, Wonder in Nature! From June 15 to August 15, let's celebrate the joy of following our curiosity by taking time to admire the wonders of the great outdoors, our neighborhoods, and indoor environments. Pick up an Adventure Guide at any AC Library location starting June 15.

Lists for Adults & Teens:

Water Education - Summer Adventure 2022

List created by ACL_AmyY

Water is a vital and increasingly precious resource throughout California. This booklist for adults introduces methods for conserving water in your home and garden, explains how water is used in every day life, and examines the state's complicated relationship with water and the ways we can be more resilient. Alameda County Library invites you to come along for our 2022 Summer Adventure, Wonder in Nature! From June 15 to August 15, let's celebrate the joy of following our curiosity by taking time to admire the wonders of the great outdoors, our neighborhoods, and indoor environments. Pick up an Adventure Guide at any AC Library location starting June 15.

Stories of Water - Summer Adventure 2022

List created by acl_cduvall

Water is a foundational resource in our lives. Yet overproduction, climate change, and politics prevent it from being accessible to all who need it (humans, animals, and ecosystems). Here are stories of water's past, present, and future and how it impacts us.

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