Water No Longer Available At The Summit Of Mount Diablo

August 31, 2021 14:00 pm · 60 comments

Water is no longer available at the summit of Mount Diablo.

Due to the water shortage, the park has turned off the faucets, drinking fountains and flush toilets.

This shutoff includes water at the summit visitor center and the upper and lower summit lots.

Bring plenty of water if you plan to hike/bike to the top of the mountain.

Dorothy August 31, 2021 at 2:02 PM

No flush toilets? Do they have outhouses?

ERas August 31, 2021 at 3:22 PM

They have trees and bushes 🙂

Concord Lifer August 31, 2021 at 3:30 PM

I went camping there last fall and they had porta-pottys

chuckie the troll August 31, 2021 at 3:07 PM

No water to flush toilets? That isn’t going to ‘end well’.

BadgerMe September 2, 2021 at 1:03 PM

No Sh*t!!!

Jay Roller August 31, 2021 at 3:33 PM

Oh come on now, how much water is used or better yet, how much is wasted? My guess is not too much. There’s so many other places to restrict water like for example car washes but why would anything make any sense whatsoever in this world?

Btw, how many desalination plants could have been built with the money wasted in Afghanistan over the last 20 years??

Badge1104 August 31, 2021 at 4:27 PM

or the $850 billion in military equipment Biden left behind in Afghanistan.

Mike August 31, 2021 at 5:35 PM

Or money from the train to nowhere.

Phil September 1, 2021 at 10:24 AM

You guys don’t get it. They have run out of water, or are very very close to doing so.

Justin September 1, 2021 at 3:33 PM

Well since it was the staging ground for they deadliest attacks on the country in its history I would think your question would’ve been more thought out twenty years ago.

Ricardoh August 31, 2021 at 3:40 PM

Again the brain dead in charge. The amount of water used up there amounts to a hill of beans. If we need to save that much we are as good as dead.

Captain Concord August 31, 2021 at 3:52 PM

The flushing facilities now mostly have portapotties outside like at Junction. Many of the toilet facilities are pits without running water anyway… like the one at Muir picnic area.

earl August 31, 2021 at 4:18 PM

if gavin stays you won’t need to go to the trail to be restricted on water use


anon August 31, 2021 at 4:19 PM

All the golf courses are open and perfectly emerald green, though.

Anon August 31, 2021 at 4:39 PM

Was driving by the one on highway 4 just before Christie Rd on my way to work this morning. They had all the sprinklers going. I will not bother to conserve ANY water until places like golf courses stop watering.

Bud September 1, 2021 at 8:19 AM

Golf courses predominantly use recycled water that’d otherwise be discharged directly from sewer treatment plants to a river or the bay.

I wouldn’t, personally, use green golf courses as an excuse to not conserve water…. Free country, of course.

Badge1104 August 31, 2021 at 4:31 PM

This is such a phony baloney excuse and scare tactic. The rangers probably use more water washing their truck off. Maybe they’re washing machines should be off limits till the drought is over. Or at least only half the use allowed.
This is like me saying I’m going to drink one less cup of water every day to help with the drought.

Googlar August 31, 2021 at 4:47 PM

This will make zero impact on water shortage. Absolutely zero. It will not be noticeable in the slightest.

I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up using more water to wash people’s waste away.

For that matter, how much water does SF spend on washing away feces? I’d be humored to see the street feces pile up over there.

Reality Check September 1, 2021 at 7:48 AM

Mount Diablo has no outside connections to municipal water service. All of their water comes from Springs and Wells on the mountain. If the Springs dry up there’s no water for firefighting or the Rangers who live up there and the park will have to close. No conspiracy here

Jie August 31, 2021 at 5:11 PM

Stupid decision
Way to screw the cyclists!


Bdpirate August 31, 2021 at 5:13 PM

I wouldn’t drive up Mt Diablo if you paid me too. Shut it off close it down we don’t care..

Ricardoh September 1, 2021 at 10:18 AM

That would be missing the best panoramic views in the Bay Area.

Law & Order September 1, 2021 at 11:56 AM

If you cant enjoy Mt. Diablo and its spectacular views, perhaps you shouldnt be living in the Diablo Valley.

Bdpirate September 2, 2021 at 9:48 AM

@law and order
You think we moved here cause of Mt Diablo/Diablo valley and view from on it or looking up at it? Mt Diablo had nothing at all swaying our decision to be 2 miles from it in our front yard.

Gittyup September 2, 2021 at 11:45 AM

Bdpirate, you must be fun at parties. /s/

Sancho Panza August 31, 2021 at 6:06 PM

Folks, this is a disincentive for people to go enjoy the summit of Mt. Diablo…this is a save face for the powers that be that we can’t deal with another fire, so let’s call it water conservation.

The Wizard August 31, 2021 at 6:06 PM

How much water is used to grow weed ?

Bdpirate August 31, 2021 at 8:02 PM

ALOT less than all the media reports!
We can grow 12 plants using less water a day than 2 people taking a 10 min shower and this includes the late stage fully mature plants.
Don’t believe all the BS you hear about how much water is used..

Same September 1, 2021 at 3:54 AM

Are you saying you stopped showering to offset your crops?

nytemuvr September 1, 2021 at 3:29 PM

@The Wizard….Probably about the same amount of water that grapes need to flourish but less than almond trees need to produce nuts….make your own jokes.

Bdpirate September 2, 2021 at 9:49 AM

Haha why the hell would I do that? I’m not a water watcher, don’t care how much we use..

Rolaids August 31, 2021 at 7:50 PM

This is B.S. We’ve all seen this despicable kind of “drought theater” many times, sadly. Drinking water for humans to survive, especially the kind that hike and bike up Mt. Diablo, is one of the smallest, and most critical, uses of water. Whom ever the superintendent or person that made this decision is, I consider them unfit for the position. They clearly value idiotic virtue signaling over providing basic humanitarian amenities, (pre-existing ones, I might add) in a remote location where heatstroke and dehydration are real and constant threats. I wouldn’t leave that SOB alone with my kids. Sorry to fly off the handle but I have seen this garbage parks management WAY too many times for too many years in too many places. It’s like turning off the traffic lights to save electricity. Yes, it WILL save a tiny amount of electricity, but at what price?

Bob Kazamakis September 1, 2021 at 3:52 AM


Jay Roller September 1, 2021 at 4:52 AM

I couldn’t have said it better myself and you said what I was feeling!! Excellent post! Thank you!

Just Sayin August 31, 2021 at 8:08 PM

Is this a joke? No more water to the summit but they can continue to build more houses/apartments and take away our open space?

T-rex August 31, 2021 at 8:49 PM

Your home used to be someone’s open space yet you still live here.

Cyn September 1, 2021 at 1:10 PM

T-rex, no wonder you’re extinct.

Gary Benton August 31, 2021 at 8:55 PM

They do not have the water. I do not believe that water is pumped up the mountain from Los Vaqueros reservoir. So the comparisons to golf courses and other uses of water is not relevant.

Bud September 1, 2021 at 8:33 AM

This is almost has to be correct. I suspect their supply is from wells that are WAY up the mountain. The wells are probably dry and they don’t have the infrastructure in place to pump water up from lower.

Hill August 31, 2021 at 9:08 PM

How many people are using the water unnecessary? So to save water you just have people do their bathroom needs wherever. Also seems like kind of dangerous not to have running water. Is not letting someone fill up a water bottle really going to help us?

nytemuvr August 31, 2021 at 11:10 PM

You can just hang your butt off a rock, no reading material necessary since you’ll have a beautiful view. Now you’re communing with nature and the elements!

Same September 1, 2021 at 3:48 AM

Conserve water by bringing it from your house. This reminds me of the time they tried to reduce waste by making the garbage cans smaller.

Bob Kazamakis September 1, 2021 at 3:59 AM

Pointlessly revoking access to drinking water in a location where there will be dehydrated hikers reminds me of the “Prius solution”.

Duck September 1, 2021 at 4:55 AM

That is the dumbest thing I have heard in a while, and that is saying something these days.

How about making it illegal to fill private swimming pools and quit watering lawns until the drought is over, and our reservoirs are refilled. What people fail to see is that even if their lawn is brown and dead looking, as soon as it rains it will come back 90% of the time.

Quit watering lawns and quit washing cars, with more than a few buckets of water. Or be fined $500 for the first offense and keep tacking on $500 each time you’re caught doing so.

Exit 12A September 1, 2021 at 7:27 AM

… just bring a water spigot key.
And toilet paper… cuz ya know, bears s**t in the woods.

Sam Malone September 1, 2021 at 8:32 AM

Stop building developments, providing for all the non legals in the country for free, potentially cutting back Medicare and Social Security for legal contributors who have worked all their lives to support the entitlement crowd and the green team ridiculous issues, stop taxation without representation, stop taxing Californian’s for breathing, unauditable taxes on gasoline, stop allowing rent forgiveness and EDD payouts to all of the criminals.

Stop the on the dole politicans from all parties and their great cadillac retirement plans. Maybe then alot of the money that should be used correctly will finally go where government says it should go to instead of being siphoned off for the politicians favorites who vote them in.

Not to mention Joe Bin Lyin leaving all of the US property and technology in Afghanistan and the killing of our soldiers.

Start with recalling Newsolini.

Law & Order September 1, 2021 at 12:01 PM
Dr. Jellyfinger September 1, 2021 at 8:48 AM

For the 3 hours we were stranded at the summit waiting for a jump start on our dead car battery, we were forced to drink our own urine.

Martinezmike September 1, 2021 at 1:17 PM

As a doctor you probably know, drinking your own urine is healthier then bottled water. That’s why dogs drink out of toilets.

To Do List September 1, 2021 at 1:50 PM

If you are at the top of a mountain, just roll the car down the hill until you hit the flatlands. Once there, you can survive off the roots and berries until the rains come. Geez. Its not not that difficult.

Dr. Jellyfinger September 2, 2021 at 3:24 PM

With power steering?

The Wizard September 1, 2021 at 9:45 AM

Just bring a diaper, Problem solved.

wesley mouch September 1, 2021 at 10:13 AM

It will be rich when some uninformed group gets stuck at the summit, dehydrated, with a few being more susceptible to water loss for various reasons and the resultant helicopter rescues that follow.

The waving fingers will be hard to miss with record backstroke times by the usual hacks!

Exit 12A September 1, 2021 at 10:36 AM

Some enterprising person should sell chilled water at the summit. And if they have an RV or a portable toilet, charge $20 for its use.
Capitalism is a beautiful thing.
Supply and demand!

Martinezmike September 1, 2021 at 11:48 AM

Now if I climb up there and die of heat stroke. ( due to lack of water ) I plan to sue.

redrazor September 1, 2021 at 12:01 PM

👍 Great Idea !$$!

WC September 1, 2021 at 11:26 AM

Yet more virtue signaling. The amount of water they’ll save will be like putting a drop of water in Lake Berryessa.

Law & Order September 1, 2021 at 11:59 AM

Some terribly ignorant comments being posted here.
Mt. Diablo is not serviced by any municipal water district.

They receive their water from Springs and Wells!
And the water storage tanks are close to empty.


Bud September 1, 2021 at 1:45 PM

You’re no fun…..

The Wizard September 1, 2021 at 1:47 PM

Then fill the damn things up !

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