COVID-19 Has No Impact on the Safety or Supply of Your Drinking Water
In light of concerns surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus), Zone 7 Water Agency would like to reassure residents and businesses that this virus has no impact on the safety or supply of your drinking water. EPA recommends that Americans continue to use and drink tap water as usual. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the, “presence of the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies and based on current evidence the risk to water supplies is low.”
We understand there are many questions about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. As a resource to our customers, we have developed information that may answer some of your questions which can be viewed here.
For more information and updates please see:
As always, Zone 7 is committed to providing its customers with a safe and reliable source of water. Zone 7 potable (drinking) water meets, and in most cases exceeds all stringent state and federal drinking water requirements. Zone 7’s most recent Annual Water Quality Report is available on our website: https://www.zone7water.com/36-public/content/120-consumer-confidence-report
Access to clean and safe water is critical during this public health crisis. To protect public health and assist customers who are financially struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak our retail partners which include California Water Service, Dublin San Ramon Services District, the City of Livermore and the City of Pleasanton have all temporarily suspended shut-offs due to non-payment during this time.
Regular Board Meetings
The Board of Directors meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Board meetings are open to the public. Community members may provide comment on any agenda item, and may address the Board about non-agenda items during each meeting's Citizens Forum.
Please note that due to COVID-19 all Board and Committee meetings are held virtually via Zoom. Members of the public are welcomed to join in via internet connection or call in number. The Zoom meeting links and call-in information can be found in each meeting Agenda.
Zone 7 Meetings can also be viewed Live on Channel 29. The recorded meeting is repeated throughout the week on Channel 29. For rebroadcasts, check the schedule here. Channel 29 is available to local Comcast subscribers. Those without access to Comcast cable can watch recordings of the Zone 7 Meetings using Video on Demand services found here or access them live via Zoom.
To be notified of upcoming Board and Committee meetings, and to stay up to date on Zone 7 news, please sign up for our eNewsletter.
Zone 7 Administrative Offices are located at 100 N. Canyons Pkwy, Livermore, CA 94551. Office and phone hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday, excluding holidays.
Reach us by phone at 925-454-5000 or via email by clicking here.
Flood Ready Freddy is here with his tips for keeping your family ready Freddy!
Not sure what to put in your emergency kit? Need help making sure your sandbags are placed properly? Wondering why you have to bag your leaves if they are biodegradable? Making sure your household and business are well prepared for an emergency can be a daunting task. Visit our Flood Ready page to get some help from Flood Ready Freddy. Freddy is Tri Valley’s emergency preparedness guru, and we can all learn to be flood ready with his scout-level ready tips!
The Del Valle Water Treatment Ozonation Project is now online and actively serving the Tri Valley community! The Ozonation Project is the latest investment by Zone 7 in providing high-quality water that meets the rigorous Zone 7 standard. The Del Valle Water Treatment Plant, which has been serving us well since it was built in the 1970s, was upgraded and expanded to add raw water ozonation to the plant’s existing treatment process. The Ozonation Project brings best-in-class technology for disinfection to our water treatment, and represents a capital investment of $49 million, funded by bonds. As part of our commitment to high-quality water, Zone 7 is investing in ozone treatment because it is the best alternative to chlorine. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the new facility in our grand opening video.
To learn more about the ozone treatment process at our Del Valle Plant click here.
We are committed to delivering a safe and reliable water supply to our customers. Zone 7 started proactively monitoring for PFAS in 2013 and has been following the State Water Resources Control Board's quarterly monitoring Order since January 2019. The results from monitoring are updated each quarter and can be found here. While some wells have shown levels of PFAS above the recommended Response Levels (RLs), we follow approved treatment methods to ensure that all water delivered to our customers is below the RL.
We will continue to closely monitor the quality of our community’s drinking water supplies, utilizing proven technologies and best practices to ensure that any emerging PFAS issues are managed in a transparent and responsible manner.
Explore the Wondrous World of Water in Zone 7’s 2019 Annual Consumer Confidence Report
Explore “The Wondrous World of Water” in this easy-to-navigate report featuring graphics illustrating the sources, treatment, safety and testing of Zone 7 Water. Learn about new and ongoing initiatives to further improve water quality, including the installation of ozonation treatment and efforts to further reduce common contaminants of emerging concern, such as PFAS. The report highlights that Zone 7 water supplied in 2019 met the regulatory standards set by the state and federal governments – and, in almost all cases, the quality was significantly better than required. You can visit Zone7water.com/CCR2019 to read the report.
Before You Go, Check the Map!
New and Improved Interactive Trail Maintenance Map
Each year we have a short construction window to complete important repairs and maintenance to ensure your flood protection system is safe and secure. We understand how important excercise and recreation along the trails is, especially as we are dealing with sheltering in place. We have revised and updated our interactive trail maintenance map to make it more user friendly, easier to read and more responsive to mobile devices. On the map you can get information on trail closures, as well as pending and completed projects along Zone 7 flood channels. Click here to view the interactive trail map.
Hometown Water: The Lifeline of Pleasanton
The Go Green Initiative and local students present their new documentary, "Hometown Water: The Lifeline of Pleasanton." This 40 minute video explores the endless importance of water's role in the town of Pleasanton. Join us in following Pleasanton's water journey, from historical water use to future water necessities, to understanding why it's imperative that we conserve water use now and into the future. The documentary can be viewed here.
Zone 7's Schools' Program Goes Virtual!
Each year we visit approximately 600 classrooms in the Tri Valley area. This year, since we can’t visit classrooms in person, we made our presentations and educational activities available at your fingertips by developing a special virtual instruction program so while kids are distance learning no one will have to miss out on our popular water education program. Dive in to these informative and interactive lessons on water quality, water conservation, flood protection, and more! . Our lessons are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards for K-12 content, created and taught by certified educators! You can view lesson plans for each grade level and more at here and click here to sign up your classroom and get virtual support from our team of teachers.
Weather and Emergency Resources
The following are some resources to help you be ready for the next storm.
2020-2024 FIVE-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN
To read the full 2020-2024 Five-Year Strategic Plan click here.
Major Capital Project Updates
Zone 7 implements capital improvement projects to continue providing a reliable supply of high quality water, flood protection, and groundwater basin management. Click on the links below to obtain more information about the major projects in progress:
Sustainable Groundwater Management Plan
Zone 7 Water Agency is the governing Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) for the Livermore Valley Groundwater Basin and has managed the Basin sustainably for more than 40 years. Zone 7 submitted an Alternative Groundwater Sustainability Plan in accordance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) adopted by the State Legislature in 2014. As required by SGMA, Zone 7 completed its most recent Annual Report for the Sustainable Groundwater Management Program 2019 Water Year.
Proposed Changes to Mining and Reclamation Activities in the Chain of Lakes Area
The County of Alameda has started an environmental review process related to proposed changes in mining and reclamation activities in the Chain of Lakes area, primarily near Lakes A and B. Please see the link below for recent public notice documents from the County of Alameda and refer to the County's Neighborhood Preservation and Sustainability Pending Projects page for a complete list of documents and updates.
Preliminary Lake Use Evaluation for the Chain of Lakes (2014)
The purposes of this 2014 study are to identify which potential lake uses may be more suitable for individual former quarries – especially where conflicting proposed alternatives uses may exist – and provide a framework for evaluating proposed uses as lakes are transferred to Zone 7 ownership. The evaluation generally does not preclude any given lake from distinct uses, but instead provides a tool for examining the benefits or impacts associated with a proposed use.
"Living Arroyos" Program
This partnership aims to restore the urban streams and streamside habitats of the Livermore-Amador Valley while continuing to protect drinking water supplies and prevent flooding. To learn more, including about volunteer opportunities, visit our Living Arroyos page.
***Update: Living Arroyos volunteer events are cancelled through April due to COVID 19. Check back for updates.***
Water-Wise Gardening Tips Online!
Tri-Valley Water-Wise Gardening is an interactive website loaded with lots of useful information specifically for Tri-Valley gardeners. It includes photos, a searchable plant database, water-saving tips, and much more!