Recycled Water Availability for the 2021 Irrigation Season
This past water year (October 2019 – September 2020) was the third driest in 126 years of recordkeeping for the region and this year is shaping up to be even drier. The dry conditions are significantly impacting our recycled water production, which is critically low for this time of year. Recycled water production continues to be at the lowest it has ever been, based on nearly 35 years of historical records. To help preserve and increase recycled water storage, Water staff are closely monitoring and managing flows to the Geysers and are closely coordinating with the Town of Windsor and Sonoma Water to optimize recycled water availability for the coming irrigation season.
To manage storage and availability of water throughout the irrigation season, the City has implemented allotments for each user. Allotments were calculated based on the average of three years (2017,2018 and 2019) of historical usage. Allotment notices were sent at the beginning of April, and users are receiving usage updates every two weeks. Staff has also implemented an irrigation schedule. Irrigation is allowed Monday through Saturday. No recycled water will be provided for agricultural irrigation, other than for vegetable growers, on Sundays.
Due to the continued dry weather, recycled water production continues to be at the lowest it has ever been, based on nearly 35 years of historical records. As a result, our recycled water storage and availability for agricultural reuse is critically low.
Agricultural Recycled Water Fees & User Agreements
The City of Santa Rosa has distinct fees for Ag Recycled Water Customers, Urban Recycled Water Customers, and Geysers Reuse. The fee for Ag Recycled Water Customers pays for approximately one-half of the electrical cost to deliver water to our customers. The fee does not include labor or infrastructure maintenance. The fee takes into consideration the interruptability of recycled water deliveries, the operational flexibility that the interuptability provides the recycled water system, and the critical role Ag Recycled Water Customers play in beneficially reusing recycled water.
On October 3, 2019, the City of Santa Rosa’s Board of Public Utilities adopted the following fee schedule for agricultural recycled water use: