- How is the City of Santa Rosa responding to the regional drought emergency?
- What does a 20% mandatory reduction in water use mean?
- How do I request an exemption or variance from a water use prohibition or restriction?
- How do I cut back my water use if I'm already efficient with my water use?
- What is considered efficient 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...
In response to worsening drought conditions in the Russia River Watershed, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) issued an order that will reduce minimum instream flow requirements in the lower Russian River. Additional Info...
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...
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...
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
Washing sidewalks, driveways, and patios with potable water is prohibited.
- Instead use a broom to save water and get your surface clean.
Hotel and lodging establishments must message about the drought, including laundering of linens only upon request.
- Free cards for lodging establishments available for download
- Report Violations of this Drought Provision
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 email@example.com, 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
- Cleaning for health and safety reasons, including:
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.
Ever wondered how efficient your property is? Learn how to check your indoor water using appliances, measure the flow rates of all showerheads and faucets, check toilet flush volumes, and check for possible leaks. Free showerheads, faucet aerators and toilet flappers are provided upon request.
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.
All Santa Rosans are now required to reduce water use by 20%. Join the Saving Water Challenge and see how many of the 31 water-saving tips you can adopt to reduce water use. Participants will be entered to win fantastic water-saving prizes -- which include a high-efficiency clothes washer and toilet, smart irrigation controller, home water monitor, rain barrel, and much more!
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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