Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) maintains relationships with other public agencies to provide value to the community and deliver water and to protect public health and the environment by providing reliable and sustainable water, recycled water, and wastewater services in a safe, efficient, and fiscally responsible manner.
DSRSD is the water retailer for residents in the City of Dublin and the Dougherty Valley portion of the City of San Ramon. DSRSD buys wholesale potable water from Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District Zone 7 (Zone 7). Zone 7 obtains water from the State Water Project (SWP), from a local watershed, and from groundwater aquifers under the valley. Normally about 80 percent of the valley's water comes from the SWP, traveling from the Sierra Nevada mountains through Lake Oroville and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The water is then pumped into the South Bay Aqueduct near Tracy, where it enters the Tri-Valley. Droughts and regulatory restrictions decrease the amount of SWP water available to the Tri-Valley and increase our reliance on local groundwater.
To improve the reliability of the valley’s water supply, particularly in dry years, DSRSD and the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) created the San Ramon Valley Recycled Water Program (SRVRWP) in 1995. The partnership has built a water recycling plant adjacent to the DSRSD wastewater treatment facility and a backbone transmission system that connects to DSRSD and EBMUD recycled pipelines. The City of Pleasanton joined the partnership in 2014 and began building pipelines that connect to the transmission system. DSRSD personnel operate facilities on behalf of the partnership. Recycled water is used in the valley primarily by large irrigation customers: golf courses, parks, greenbelts, roadway medians, schools, office complexes, and common areas in homeowner associations.
A joint powers authority, the DSRSD-EBMUD Recycled Water Authority (DERWA), governs the partnership. Two directors from each agency serve on the DERWA board of directors.
Wastewater Collection and Treatment Services
DSRSD owns and operates sewers in the Cities of Dublin and San Ramon and a wastewater treatment plant. Under contract, DSRSD also treats wastewater collected by the City of Pleasanton.
Two wastewater treatment plants serve Tri-Valley residents, businesses, and institutions. DSRSD operates one plant with 17 million gallons per day (MGD) capacity, and the City of Livermore operates the other with 8.5 MGD capacity. Regional wastewater disposal matters are the business of the Livermore Amador Valley Water Management Agency (LAVWMA), a joint powers authority formed in June 1974 between DSRSD and the Cities of Pleasanton and Livermore. LAVWMA is responsible for maintaining the pipeline that transports treated wastewater from the two treatment plants to the San Leandro Marsh. It is discharged into the San Francisco Bay by the East Bay Dischargers Authority, another joint powers authority formed of cities and agencies in the East Bay that operates and maintains a large outfall system to the bay.
Alameda County Local Agency Formation Commission
Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCo) oversee boundary changes to cities and special districts, the formation of new agencies, and the consolidation of existing agencies. State law created the commissions in 1963 when California's population was growing rapidly. The agencies operate at the county level to ensure the orderly formation of local government agencies, preserve agricultural and open space lands, and discourage urban sprawl.
Because DSRSD is primarily located in Alameda County, the Alameda LAFCo is responsible for reviewing the district’s boundaries and sphere of influence. The most recent determinations about DSRSD are contained in the Final Municipal Service Review Volume II – Utility Services, adopted in November 2005, and a Sphere of Influence map, adopted July 27, 2006. DSRSD Boardmember Georgean Vonheeder-Leopold is the special district alternate member on the Alameda LAFCo. The public is welcome at LAFCo meetings. For more information visit Alameda LAFCo.