Well, it IS a drought, after all.
How else to explain the popularity of free sewer water?
Recycled water -- yes, former sewer water treated to cleanliness from its former dirty state -- is proving popular in the Tri-Valley area, according to the Mercury News.
About "60" customers are regularly taking their fill of former sewer water to use on gardens, in stables and elsewhere around the home as normal water use has been severely curtailed, the newspaper reported.
The water, at the Dublin San Ramon Services District wastewater plant at 7399 Johnson Drive in Pleasanton, is cleared for anything but drinking. And the people appear thirsty for it, the newspaper reported.
In the Dublin San Ramon services district, water use has been cut 25 percent more than in many parts of the state.
Residents can take up to 300 gallons per trip free of charge.
Anything more requires a $10 fee.
The recycling station gave 10,000 gallons away during its first week, the newspaper reported.