How is the City of Santa Rosa responding to the regional drought emergency?

Santa Rosa Water has been very active in outreach to our customers since we first launched a winter WaterSmart campaign in November 2020 and then transitioned to dry weather outreach beginning in February 2021. In May, Santa Rosa launched a robust drought outreach campaign in unison with the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership and the Santa City Council adopted a 20% voluntary community-wide water use reduction target on May 18. On June 29th, the City Council declared a drought emergency and adopted a mandatory 20% community-wide water use reduction with prohibitions and restrictions that will help achieve this target.

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1. How is the City of Santa Rosa responding to the regional drought emergency?
2. What does a 20% mandatory reduction in water use mean?
3. Why do we continue to allow new building and development during a water shortage?
4. How do I request an exemption or variance from a water use prohibition or restriction?
5. How do I cut back my water use if I'm already efficient with my water use?
6. What is considered efficient water use?
7. What is the 20% reduction target timeline compared to?
8. How can I figure out how much water I use?
9. Is the City enforcing any water use prohibitions?
10. How does the City enforce the prohibition on water waste?
11. How do I report water waste?
12. Is washing cars at home allowed?
13. How will my water bill be affected by the drought?
14. What resources are available to help me reduce my water use?
15. What will happen if we do not get rain this coming winter?
16. How are other cities affected?
17. Where can I find additional information?