Drought and the City of Newark’s Water Conservation Measures

What is the City of Newark doing to comply with the water shortage emergency?

Alameda County Water District (ACWD) is the provider of the City’s water.  Cities are major ACWD customers. The City of Newark maintains 122 acres of parks and 56 acres of other street landscaping in addition to maintaining over 15,000 trees citywide. Water conservation has always factored into management of the City’s landscape amenities. 

To comply with the ACWD mandatory water restrictions imposed in 2014, the City has taken the following actions:

  • For turf at sports fields or other active recreation areas within parks, irrigation will be limited to not more than 3 days per week in the summer and 2 days per week for the rest of the year.
  • For all other City landscaping, irrigation will be limited to not more than 2 days per week in the summer and 1 day per week for the rest of the year.
  • The City’s automatic irrigation systems will continue to be maintained and managed for the most efficient watering. Some repairs outside of the regular watering schedule will occur.
  • Maintenance staff will use a water truck to water selective trees in areas where there is no irrigation system.
  • The water features at Byington and Birch Grove Parks will not be operational.

The impacts to the City landscape have been, and will continue to be, significant: turf will turn brown, leaves of shrubs will dieback and trees may be distressed. With winter rains next season, some landscaping may recover. 

Additional restrictions may be imposed as California’s drought continues.

If you notice broken or misdirected irrigation heads or have questions about the City’s response to the mandatory restrictions, please contact maintenance@newark.org or call (510) 578-4806.