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 January Governor Brown declared a drought State of Emergency and asked Californians to voluntarily reduce water use by 20%. For more information on drought response throughout the state (click here).
As a result of local drought conditions and unpredictable weather -
Santa Rosa is asking the community to voluntarily reduce water use by 20%.
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.
Water Saving Tips and Rebates (click here)
Weekly Drought Update (click here)
Drought Shopping List (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 3/16/2014)
- Lake Mendocino is critical at 49% of capacity
- Lake Sonoma is low at 73% of capacity
For up to date information on water supply conditions visit the Sonoma County Water Agency’s Current Water Supply Levels page.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Visit www.srcity.org/wue