There’s a Drought On Santa Rosa
California is experiencing record low rainfall and extremely dry conditions throughout the State. On Friday, January 17th Governor Brown declared a drought State of Emergency and asked Californians to voluntarily reduce water use by 20%. The City of Santa Rosa is very concerned about the dry conditions and continues to monitor the situation on a daily basis. The City is working closely with the Sonoma County Water Agency and water providers in Sonoma and Marin Counties to implement appropriate water conservation measures. In the meantime, Santa Rosa is asking customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 20%. For water saving tips and rebates visit www.srcity.org/wue.
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Water Supply Conditions
In an average year, Santa Rosa receives approximately 33 inches of rainfall. In 2013, Santa Rosa received less than 6 inches of rainfall, following two years of below average rainfall. Dry conditions throughout California have led to low regional water supply levels in Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino. These reservoirs provide flow into the Russian River for drinking water, fire protection, agricultural, recreation, and habitat for fish and other species. Currently, Lake Mendocino which supplies drinking water for communities along the upper Russian River, is at critical levels at only 36% of water supply capacity and Lake Sonoma, the City of Santa Rosa’s main drinking water supply, is at 66% of water supply capacity (as of 1/27/2014). For up to date information on the water supply conditions visit the Sonoma County Water Agency’s Current Water Supply Levels page.
The City of Santa Rosa is a partner in the Sonoma Marin Saving Water Partnership (Partnership), which consists of the of 10 water providers in Sonoma and Marin counties that have joined together to provide a regional approach to water-use efficiency. The Partnership has launched an aggressive outreach campaign– “There’s a Drought On. Turn the Water Off” . Visit www.wateroff.org for additional information on the Partnership, the outreach campaign and for water saving tips and rebate programs.
Water Shortage Contingency Plan
As water supply conditions intensify, the City may need to implement the Water Shortage Contingency Plan. The Water Shortage Plan outlines how the City will respond to and manage further reductions in water supply for the community. The Implementation Plan identifies four water supply reduction Stages (Stage 1- 4) and details consumption limits, water shortage rates, and water use prohibitions applied during each of the Stages. For more information on the Water Shortage Contingency Plan Click Here.
Help Turn the Water Off
The City of Santa Rosa’s Water-Use Efficiency Team is here to help with free water saving devices, free home and business check-ups, rebates, workshops, water saving tips, and more.
Call (707)543-3985 Email email@example.com Visit www.srcity.org/wue