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Water Supply Update (10/14/21):

Santa Rosa is currently meeting its water savings goals for July through September with a 21% reduction in water use when compared to the same months in 2020. However, in September conservation savings has dropped and it is critical that we continue to achieve necessary water savings through at least December. 


In the fall and winter months, when the irrigation season ends, the only way to achieve water savings is indoors. To achieve the required conservation savings, it is essential for all customers to turn off their irrigation systems and focus on saving water indoors. This means taking shorter showers, washing only full loads of dishes and laundry, and turning off the tap when brushing teeth. Customers interested in making long-term investments in water savings are encouraged to replace inefficient appliances and fixtures with WaterSense labeled products


Since it is unknown when this drought will end, all of these efforts are essential to preserving precious water supply for future use. If significant rainfall doesn’t occur this winter, additional restrictions and prohibitions on water use will be implemented. That is why it is critical that we save as much water now to preserve remaining supplies in Lake Sonoma and lessen impacts next year. 

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As of October 7, 2021, Sonoma Water has provided the following water storage statistics:  

  • Lake Sonoma storage is at 44% of the target water supply 
  • Lake Mendocino storage is 23% of the target water supply 


Santa Rosa Adopts 20 Percent Mandatory Reduction and Restrictions on Water Use

In response to regional water supply conditions, including historically low reservoir storage, the Santa Rosa City Council adopted a mandatory 20 percent community-wide reduction in water use along with prohibitions and restrictions on use on June 29, 2021.

To preserve our precious water supply, Santa Rosa Water is urging all residents and businesses to eliminate water waste and adopt water conserving behaviors. We are all in this together and it is important that we all make every drop count.

Complete List of Restrictions and Prohibitions

Current Water Supply Conditions 

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    Water Supply Update - October 14, 2021

    During Sept. water conservation savings dropped and it is critical that we continue to achieve necessary savings through at least December. We must save water now to preserve remaining supplies in Lake Sonoma and lessen impacts next year. Additional Info...
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    It’s Time to TURN OFF Your Irrigation

    Help preserve and prolong our local water supply by turning off your irrigation system until next Spring… Additional Info...
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    Water Supply Update

    Santa Rosa Reduces Water Use by 22 Percent in July and August Additional Info...
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    Has your private well gone dry? Report your household water shortage.

    Californians experiencing water supply shortages with their private household wells (not for residents served by Santa Rosa Water) are encouraged to submit the Water Household Shortage Report. Additional Info...
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    Meet Super Water Saver Danny from True North Landscapes, Inc.

    Take a minute to watch a short video highlighting the water-saving techniques Danny from True North Landscapes uses to reduce water-use year-round, as well as some simple everyday habits you can adopt to become a super water save too. Additional Info...
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    Santa Rosa Adopts Mandatory 20 Percent Reductions in Water Use

    Effective Immediately: To protect the regions dwindling water supply, Santa Rosa adopts mandatory 20 percent reduction in water use and enacts water restrictions and prohibitions during 6/29/21 City Council meeting. Additional Info...
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    WaterSmart Portal

    Santa Rosa Water’s brand NEW WaterSmart Portal is here to help you track and analyze your water use online. Sign up today! Additional Info...
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    Santa Rosa City Council Adopts 20% Voluntary Community-wide Reduction in Water Use

    The 20% community-wide reduction follows California Governor Gavin Newsom’s drought declaration for the Russian River Wastershed and the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership’s request for a reduction in water-use to prolong and preserve water supply. Additional Info...
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    Drought is here. Save water.

    Replace your lawn with a WaterSmart landscape. Apply for the Cash for Grass rebate today! Additional Info...
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    Sonoma, Marin Water Utilities Seek 20 Percent Voluntary Water Use Reduction

    The Water Advisory Committee (WAC) to the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) passed a resolution Monday asking customers of the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership to voluntarily reduce water use by 20 percent due to the drought. Additional Info...
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    County of Sonoma Proclaims Drought Emergency

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today adopted a resolution proclaiming a local drought emergency and requesting the governor seek a Presidential Disaster Declaration. Additional Info...
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    Governor Declares Drought Emergency for Region

    Governor Newsom signs an emergency drought declaration for Sonoma and Mendocino counties, both part of the Russian River watershed. Additional Info...
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WAter Waste

Water waste due to breaks, leaks, excess use, and runoff from properties due to overwatering is prohibited. 

  • This includes leaking faucets, toilets, and appliances, as well as broken irrigation pipes, leaking irrigation valves, and broken sprinkler heads, and runoff from properties due to overwatering or mis-directed sprinklers.
  • Report Irrigation Water Waste
Pressure Washing

Washing sidewalks, driveways, and patios with potable water is prohibited.

  • Instead use a broom to save water and get your surface clean.
Hose Nozzle

Hose end shut-off nozzles are required for all hoses.  

Restaurant

Restaurants may only serve water upon request. 

Hotels

Hotel and lodging establishments must message about the drought, including laundering of linens only upon request.

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Pressure washing with potable water (except for public health and safety) is prohibited unless a variance is obtained from Santa Rosa Water. 

  • A pressure washing variance, which is issued to a power washing company and is good for the duration of the Stage 3 drought declaration, must be obtained prior to work starting by emailing watersmart@srcity.org, including Power Washing Variance as the subject line. Please include the company name, and the reason for the variance request.
  • A variance is only granted for the following reasons:
    • Cleaning for health and safety reasons, including:
      • Cleaning of human or animal wastes for the specific area that is affected by the waste
      • Cleaning of food wastes at restaurants or other eating establishments for the specific area that is affected by the waste and/or as per permit requirements
      • Removal of graffiti in the interest of public safety
    • Construction processes where power washing of hard surfaces is required as part of the process, including:
      • Power washing of buildings as required for painting
      • Power washing of decks, patios, or other hard surfaces as required for sealing
    • Companies with Approved Power Washing Variances
Irrigation

Landscape irrigation is limited to the hours of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

  • Checking your irrigation system for breaks and leaks during the day is encouraged, and is not in violation of this drought restriction.
  • Hand watering (with a hose nozzle) is allowed during the day.
  • Check your irrigation controller to confirm you're in compliance. Report any violations of this watering schedule at www.srcity.org/waterwaste.
  • Report Violations of this Drought Provision
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Has your private well gone dry? Report your household water shortage.

Californians experiencing water supply shortages with their private household wells (not for residents served by Santa Rosa Water) are encouraged to submit the Water Household Shortage Report. Document your private water supply shortage in a few easy steps and find available resources. 

*The information collected is intended to inform state and local agencies on drought impacts pertaining to household water supplies from private well or surface water sources. 

Water Efficient Landscapes: Guidance for Homeowners Associations (HOAs) - Click Here

Disclaimer:  Santa Rosa Water is providing this information to guide HOAs and homeowners, particularly as the City, the County, and the State are implementing measures to deal with the ongoing drought emergency.  This is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.  HOAs and/or their individual homeowner members should seek legal advice where appropriate or work with the relevant public agency in the event that any questions arise about specific matters relating to HOAs and the legal restrictions that apply to HOA governance or the legal rights of residents within an HOA. 

Current Water Supply Conditions

Our watershed is currently experiencing what may become the driest period ever recorded, but we can all do our part to preserve and extend our water supply through this dry period. For water-saving tips, tools, and resources, visit srcity.org/WaterSmart 

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Are you a Super Water Saver?

Santa Rosa Water is seeking individuals, businesses, and organizations who have implemented water saving habits, or made impactful changes to reduce water use. Complete the Water Super Saver form for your chance to be featured in the upcoming Super Saver Spotlight campaign, highlighting local water conservation success stories. Inspire others to save water by sharing your story.

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Cash For Grass Rebate

Santa Rosa Water has increased its Cash for Grass rebate as of July 12, 2021. Now removing a square foot of grass will earn you $1.50 with a maximum rebate of $1,500 and save you approximately 5,500 gallons of water each year. A pre-inspection is required before any work is started though, so call 707-543-3985 today to schedule an appointment.

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Super Water Saver Videos

Our watershed, along with the rest of the state, is experiencing severe drought and it is critical we all work together to save water now. The good news is we have a lot of Super Water Savers in the community, but we need your help too. Take a minute to watch these short videos highlighting the water-saving techniques from local businesses around the County, as well as some simple everyday habits you can adopt to become a super water saver too.


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Santa Rosa Water is here to help you save water with tips, free water-saving devices, rebates, and more.  

Outdoor Water-Saving Tips

  • Make sure all hoses have an automatic shut off nozzle (we provide free nozzles!).  
  • Limit irrigation to the hours of 8pm to 6am (less evaporation).
  • Use the City’s weekly WaterSmart irrigation recommendations to adjust irrigation schedules.
  • Replace high water use turf with low water use landscaping (contact us first – you could get a rebate!)   
  • Sweep hard surfaces instead of using water (driveways, sidewalks, patios).
  • If you need to get your car washed, go to sites that recycled the water.
  • Cover pools and spas when not in use to prevent evaporation.
  • Install a greywater system so you can reuse your laundry water to irrigate your yard (contact us first – you could get a rebate!).
  • Install rainwater capture system so you can reuse rain water later (contact us first – you could get a rebate!).

Indoor Water-Saving Tips

  • Complete a do-it-yourself WaterSmart check up (we provide kits!).   
  • Check toilets for leaks every few months (we provide free dye tabs!) 
  • Replace old showerheads with high efficiency models (we provide these to customers for free!).
  • Fix leaks quickly.
  • Replace old faucet aerators with high efficiency fixtures (we provide these to customers for free!
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Only run dishwashers and clothes washers with full loads.
  • Install hot water recirculating pumps (contact us first – you could get a rebate!).
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