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Welcome to WaterSmart Ag. Here agricultural recycled water customers can find the latest information on fees, recycled water supply, watering recommendations, and more. 

FEE UPDATE FOR AG RECYCLED WATER CUSTOMERS


UPCOMING MEETINGS

TBD

OVERVIEW

Santa Rosa Water is working on a fair, equitable, and consistent fee structure for local farmers using recycled water for agricultural purposes. As part of the process City staff reached out to all our Agricultural Recycled Water Customers and provided an opportunity for customers to participate in the Agricultural (Ag) Recycled Water Users Working Group. In addition to the working group, the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Agricultural Recycled Water Users Ad-Hoc Committee, comprised of three BPU members, was developed.

City staff hosted several meetings with Ag Recycled Water Customers, the Ag Working Group, and the BPU Ad-Hoc Committee to obtain valuable input in the process of defining a fair, equitable, and consistent fee structure.

The City of Santa Rosa has different fees for Ag Recycled Water Customers, Urban Recycled Water Customers, and Geysers Reuse. The proposed fee for Ag Recycled Water Customers only includes distribution costs which consists of one-half of the electrical cost to deliver water to our customers. The fee does not include labor or infrastructure maintenance. The proposed 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.

PROPOSED FEE FOR AG RECYCLED WATER CUSTOMERS

Based on input from the Ag Working Group and the BPU Ad-Hoc Committee, the City of Santa Rosa is currently proposing a fee structure with the following phased implementation: 

  • Effective Date 2019 - $0 acre/ft
  • Year 2020 - $12.50 acre/ft
  • Year 2021 - $25.00 acre/ft
  • Year 2022 - $37.50 acre/ft
  • Year 2023 - $50.00 acre/ft

PROPOSED AG RECYCLED WATER CUSTOMER USER AGREEMENTS

A draft Agricultural Recycled Water Users Agreement was shared with the Ag Working Group on April 3, 2019 and discussion from that meeting lead to revisions that the Ag Working Group discussed on May 16, 2019. The draft agreement and the proposed fee structure was shared at the Agriculture Operations Yearly Meeting on May 23rd which all users are invited to.

AG WORKING GROUP & PUBLIC MEETINGS

Santa Rosa Water has provided a variety of opportunities for input and feedback from our Ag Recycled Water Customers. Over the last two years City staff has met with the Agricultural Recycled Water Users Working Group four times and remains in regular contact with all agricultural recycled water customers through email communication. The BPU Agricultural Recycled Water Users Ad-Hoc Committee held three public meetings, and City staff made a presentation to the full BPU. Please view below for meeting materials.

BPU Agricultural Recycled Water Users Ad-Hoc Committee
The BPU Ad-Hoc Committee consists of 3 board members, this include Vice Chair Arnone, and board members Badenfort, and Grabill. 

Agricultural Recycled Water Users Working Group
The working group consists of engaged Agricultural Recycled Water Customers.

Board of Public Utilities
The BPU seven-member Board appointed by the Santa Rosa City Council. The BPU has general policy authority and direction over the management and operation of the City's water reuse system.

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WaterSmart Ag SignWaterSmart Ag Watering Recommendations


The following irrigation recommendations are based on data from our weather station located on the west side of Santa Rosa. Visit the CIMIS website provided by the Department of Water Resources for detailed information.

As you plan for the irrigation season keep in mind that Santa Rosa's recycled water provides essential nutrients for plants. READ MORE 

WaterSmart Ag News & Updates

Date Important News
Contact:
5/1/2018 After reviewing recycled water storage, the allotments are increasing as follows: ​

​​Pasture allotments from 15 acre inches to 16 acre inches ​
​Vineyard allotments at 3 acre inches
Jason Bishop ​
​707-543-3439 ​
​​jbishop@srcity.org
11/3/2017 The 2017 Irrigation season is over. Please check back for Recycled Water news and updates.
6/22/2017 After reviewing recycled water storage, the allotments are increasing as follows:

​Pasture allotments from 18 acre inches to 20 acre inches
​Vineyard allotments from 3 acre inches to 4 acre inches
Jason Bishop
​707-543-3439
​jbishop@srcity.org
10/1/2016
The irrigation season has ended for 2016. There will be no watering recommendations. Please check back with us in early Spring 2017 for water recommendations.

Mike Sherman
707-543-4242
Email
8/17/2016
The Clayton Fire in Lake County has not impacted the Geysers Pipeline.

After reviewing recycled water storage, the allotments are increasing from 14 inches to 15 inches.

Mike Sherman
707-543-4242
Email
1/12/2016
Welcome to the WaterSmart Ag web page. Please check back for updates regarding recycled water irrigation.
Mike Sherman
707-543-4242
Email