Urban Water Management Plan and Water Shortage Contingency Plan

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Amended 2020 Water Shortage Contingency Plan

 On November 30, 2021, the Council of the City of Santa Rosa will consider adopting amendments to the 2020 Water Shortage Contingency Plan. The proposed revisions include:
      • Changes to the Excess Use Penalty structure: See Section 5.2.8 Table 5-2, Table 5-3, Table     9-3,Table 9-5, Appendix B, and Appendix C.
    • Changes to the water demand offset requirements for new construction: See Section,Table 5-3, Table 5-4, Appendix B, and Appendix C.
    • Changes to the draft Resolution (see Appendix D) and draft Ordinance (see Appendix E)
    • Proof of public noticing will be added to the final document in Appendix F, and the signed Council     adoption resolution will be added to Appendix G.

On November 30, 2021, the Council will also consider introducing an ordinance approving revisions to the Excess Use Penalty structure set forth in Section 14-04.015 of the City Code.
Amended 2020 Water Shortage Contingency Plan (redline) (PDF)
Draft Ordinance (redline)(PDF)

The current Water Shortage Contingency Plan as adopted by Council on June 8, 2021 is available below (scroll down to bottom of page).

Upcoming Meetings

The City of Santa Rosa Board of Public Utilities and City Council will consider the WDO Policy and fees on the following dates. The public is welcome to attend in person or virtually and invited to provide comment:

  • Nov. 18, 2021 at or after 1:30 PM – Board of Public Utilities consider recommendation to City Council to adopt
  • Nov. 30, 2021 [NOTE: meeting could move to Dec. 7] at or after 5:00 PM – City Council Public Hearing and consider adopting the WDO Policy and WDO Fee structure.

Complete list of City Meetings and Agendas

Past Meeting Recordings


If you have questions or comments, please contact Colin Close, Senior Water Resources Planner, at 707-543-4524 or via email at CClose@srcity.org 


Water Supply Planning
 The City of Santa Rosa receives the majority of its drinking water supply from the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water), which provides water principally from the Russian River to retail water suppliers in Sonoma County and portions of Marin County. The City supplements this drinking water supply by operating two groundwater wells

To decrease the demand for potable drinking water and stretch our water supply, the City provides recycled water from its own Regional Water Reuse System to some irrigators. Additionally, the City has developed robust Water Use Efficiency programs, which play an essential role in water supply planning efforts by helping reduce current and future demand for water sustainably.

In addition, the City is committed to long-term water supply planning to ensure adequate water supplies are available to meet current and future water demands under varying water supply conditions.

In compliance with the California Water Code, the City updates and adopts its Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) and submits it to the Department of Water Resources every five years. The UWMP provides information about the City's water transmission system and includes a description of the water supply sources, historical and projected water use, and a comparison of water supply to water demands during normal, single-dry, and multiple-dry years. It also reports on the City's compliance with State mandated water conservation targets and provides detailed information about demand management measures.

The California Water Code also requires the City to prepare an updated Water Shortage Contingency Plan (Shortage Plan) every five years. The Shortage Plan defines water shortage levels and identifies corresponding response actions and procedures for reducing demand for water during mild to severe droughts or other water shortage conditions.

The 2020 UWMP and the 2020 Shortage Plan were adopted by the City Council on June 8, 2021.