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Watering Index for October 16th to October 22nd is 50%.
City of Santa Rosa > Departments > Utilities > Water-Use Efficiency
Demonstration Garden at 69 Stony Circle 

OVER 1,465,351,947 GALLONS SAVED ANNUALLY

Residents and Businesses throughout Santa Rosa are saving approximately 1,500,000,000 gallons annually...yes that is 1.5 BILLION gallons per year.  To learn how you can save water and money at your location visit our Water Saving Tips webpage and/or view the full list of the residential and business rebates that include Clothes Washers, Urinals, Grass Removal, Irrigation Upgrades, Rainwater Harvesting, and many more.

WATER-USE EFFICIENCY NEWS:

DIRECT RETROFIT INSTALLATION PROGRAM - DRIP

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Toilet Package Program

The City of Santa Rosa is offering our customers an innovative pilot program to increase the water efficiency in their home.

This program offers direct installation of WaterSense labeled fixture packages that includes ultra high-efficiency toilets, showerheads and aerators by a certified contractor.

Cost can be paid up front or paid in small increments on their utility bill. Packages are limited to 500 and are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Click here for details.

 

 FREE LANDSCAPE WORKSHOPS!

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Low Water-Use Landscape Workshops

Cash for Grass Rebate Workshop: Learn to transform your lawn and convert overhead spray irrigation to an efficient drip irrigation system. You must be a City of Santa Rosa Utility customer and attend BOTH classes in order to qualify for a rebate.  October 7th and October 14th.

Low Water-Use Landscape Workshop: Plant Selection-learn about some great, drought tolerant and California native plants that will work in most gardens. October 21st

Pre-registration is required - Sign up at santarosarec.com or call (707) 543-3737. 

 

THERE'S A DROUGHT ON, TURN THE WATER OFF! 

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Stage One Mandatory

The City Council of Santa Rosa has adopted Stage 1 – Mandatory of our Urban Water Shortage Contingency Plan.  

Stage 1 – Mandatory includes a 20% community-wide reduction in water use by focusing on eliminating water waste and reducing outdoor water use. Hand watering using a hose shut- off nozzle is permitted at all hours of the day. These restrictions can be found on our water shortage page.

For more information on the drought  for Sonoma County go to  WaterOff.org.  

 

 GARDEN SENSE SONOMA COUNTY 

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Get a FREE Consultation!

Garden Sense is a free program, open to all Sonoma County residents who would like information about converting their lawn to a low water use garden. The Sonoma County Master Gardeners will come to your house and offer advice about which low water use plants would work well in your garden, irrigation conversion tips and information about how to convert your lawnwww.SonomaMasterGardeners.org or call 707-565-2608 to schedule your free appointment.

 

STONY CIRCLE LAWN CONVERSION - PHASE II

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 It Once was Lawn and Now it's Gone!

City staff has complete its work on the transformation of our lawn to a low water-use landscape at 69 Stony Circle.

The low water-use garden features many low water consumption plantings,  a raingarden that captures rain and recharges the groundwater and in the front of the building culvert pipes have been reused to create a decorative feature. 

Click here for a video describing the garden transformation.

To learn more about the benefits of sheet mulching, click here. 

  

RUSSIAN RIVER-FRIENDLY GUIDELINES

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The Russian River-Friendly Guidelines are now available through the Russian River Watershed Association's website. To download the the complete guide click on this link.

  

 

Low Water-Use Landscapes

 

The City of Santa Rosa Water-Use Efficiency team supports the community's efforts in removing lawn and replacing it with low water-use plants.

This link directs you to several low water-use landscapes located within the City.

 

 WATER-WISE GARDENING CD ONLINE


Water Wise Gardening CD

 

This very popular CD is available online.  It features a searchable database of over 1,000 water-wise plants that are climate appropriate for the Santa Rosa area along with planting and irrigation tips too.  View the online database.

 

 

LOW WATER-USE DEMONSTRATION GARDEN

Demo Garden

  

The Water-Use Efficiency Program is happy to announce the completion of a low water-use demonstration garden that is located at 69 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa.  This garden features many low water use plants, drip irrigation and an informational kiosk regarding our water supply, irrigation and weather patterns and the environmental benefits of water-use efficiency.  We welcome you to stop by and tour the garden and feel free to come inside our office and gather other water-use efficiency literature. Click here for more information regarding the Demonstration Garden.

U.S EPA WATERSENSE PARTNER

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The goal of the "WaterSense" program is to make it easy to find and select water-efficient products with a label backed by independent testing and certification.

When you are buying water using appliances/fixtures (toilets, aerators, etc.) look for the "WaterSense" label.  For more information on the WaterSense program and label please visit the EPA's "WaterSense" website.