There’s a Drought On Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa along with the rest of California is experiencing record low rainfall and dry weather conditions. In July, the State adopted emergency drought regulations requiring all Californians to reduce water use by 20% and includes restrictions on outdoor water-use. For more information on drought response throughout the state (click here).

Alert! Mandatory Water-Use Restrictions Apply 

Santa Rosa City Council adopted Stage 1 – 20% Mandatory of the City's Water Shortage Plan on August 5, 2014 to comply with the State's drought emergency regulations. 

Stage 1 – 20% Mandatory requires a 20% community-wide reduction in water-use and includes restrictions and prohibitions on water-use, which include: 

  • Requiring outdoor irrigation to occur between 8pm and 6am.
  • Prohibiting washing down of hardscapes (unless required for public health and safety).
  • Prohibiting the use of potable water for street washing.
  • Requiring the use of hose-end shut-off nozzles on all garden and utility hoses.
  • Requiring “Water-on-request” programs at restaurants. 

If violations occur customers will be notified and required to address the issue at the customers expense. 

Drought FAQS

Water Waste Violations and Patrols

Water watch patrols, performed by City staff, are actively looking for water wasting behaviors. Water wasters will receive a written warning with 30 days to resolve the issue at the customer’s expense. If no solution is obtained the customer will receive a written violation with 15 days to comply or non-compliance may result in water service being turned off.

Help Turn the Water Off

The City of Santa Rosa is here to help with free water saving devices, free home and business check-ups, rebates, workshops, water saving tips, and more.  

Water Saving Tips and Rebates (click here)

Request Drought Outreach Materials (click here)

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. Lake Sonoma is the main source of drinking water for the City of Santa Rosa.

Current Water Supply Level (as of 1/4/2015)

  • Lake Mendocino is at 83% of capacity
  • Lake Sonoma is at 78% of capacity

For up to date information on water supply conditions visit the Sonoma County Water Agency’s Current Water Supply Levels page.

Santa Rosa will continue to monitor water supply by working closely with the Sonoma County Water Agency and the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership to implement appropriate water conservation programs. 

Recycled Water Supply

Santa Rosa's Laguna Treatment Plant produces advanced treated recycled water for use in urban and agricultural irrigation, as well as to recharge the Geysers steamfields to produce renewable energy. As a result of fewer storms and reduced potable water use, storage levels for recycled water are below normal.  

To minimize the impacts of low  storage levels for recycled water Santa Rosa is working closely with our regional partners to develop an action plan to extend the recycled water supply and meet the combined needs through Summer/Fall 2014.

Water Shortage Contingency Plan

On August 5, 2014 Santa Rosa adopted Stage 1 - 20% Mandatory of the City's Water Shortage 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 

Drought Messaging

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.

For More Information

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