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Water Supply Update (6/14/22):

Thank you for doing your part to save water during this prolonged drought! Last summer our community achieved our water saving goal and we are confident we can do it again, but we need everyone to pitch in. For the last few months cumulative water savings have decreased and in April in our community fell below our 20% water savings target for the first time since July 2021. For the month of May, Santa Rosa achieved a 15% reduction in water-use and cumulative water savings for the months of July 2021 through May 2022 are now at 18%, when compared to 2020 water use. To protect our water future, let’s all do our part to save water now.

As of June 9, 2022, Sonoma Water has provided the following water storage statistics:  

  • Lake Sonoma storage is at 56.2% of the target water supply 
  • Lake Mendocino storage is 57.6% of the target water supply 

Drought Update - April 2022

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Actualización sobre la Sequía - Abril 2022

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Mandatory 20% Reduction and Restrictions on Water Use STILL in Effect 

In response to regional water supply conditions, including historically low reservoir storage, the City of Santa Rosa continues to require a 20 percent mandatory community-wide reduction in water use. In addition, water use restrictions are still in effect for all Santa Rosa residents and businesses. Learn what water-use restrictions are currently in effect:


Santa Rosa Drought Restrictions (Stage 3)

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Water waste due to breaks, leaks,  and excess use is prohibited. 

  • This includes leaking faucets, toilets, and appliances, as well as broken irrigation pipes, leaking irrigation valves, and broken sprinkler heads, and runoff from properties due to overwatering or mis-directed sprinklers.
  • Report Water Waste
Pressure Washing

Washing sidewalks, driveways, and patios with potable water is prohibited.

  • Instead use a broom to save water and get your surface clean.
Hose Nozzle

Shut-off nozzles are required for all hoses.  

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Restaurants may only serve water upon request. 

Hotels

Hotels and lodgings must provide drought messaging, including laundering of linens only upon request.

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Pressure washing is prohibited. Exceptions include health and safety or construction and variance is required. 

  • A pressure washing variance, which is issued to a power washing company and is good for the duration of the Stage 3 drought declaration, must be obtained prior to work starting by filling out the form located at srcity.org/powerwashing.
  • A variance is only granted for the following reasons:
    • Cleaning for health and safety reasons, including:
      • Cleaning of human or animal wastes for the specific area that is affected by the waste
      • Cleaning of food wastes at restaurants or other eating establishments for the specific area that is affected by the waste and/or as per permit requirements
      • Removal of graffiti in the interest of public safety
    • Construction processes where power washing of hard surfaces is required as part of the process, including:
      • Power washing of buildings as required for painting
      • Power washing of decks, patios, or other hard surfaces as required for sealing
    • Companies with Approved Power Washing Variances
Irrigation

Landscape irrigation is limited to the hours of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

  • Checking your irrigation system for breaks and leaks during the day is encouraged, and is not in violation of this drought restriction.
  • Hand watering (with a hose nozzle) is allowed during the day.
  • Check your irrigation controller to confirm you're in compliance. Report any violations of this watering schedule at www.srcity.org/waterwaste.
  • Report Violations of this Drought Provision
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Commercial, industrial, institutional non-functional turf must not be watered. Exceptions apply.

  • Effective June 10, 2022, commercial, industrial, and institutional (CII) non-functional turf must not be irrigated in California pursuant to recently adopted State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) regulations. Homeowners Associations’ common areas, unless it meets one of the other exemptions listed below, are included in this turf irrigation ban. 
  • The State has defined non-functional turf as, “Turf that is solely ornamental and not regularly used for human recreational purposes or for civic or community events.”
  • The State Water Board’s regulation states that some turf areas are exempt from the turf irrigation ban. The CII turf may still be watered after June 10, 2022 if the property owner or account holder determines that one or more of the following is true:
    1. The turf is used for human recreation, civic purposes, sports or play.
    2. The turf is irrigated with recycled water.
    3. The turf is irrigated with non-potable water (water that is not permitted for use as a drinking water supply).
    4. The turf is on the same valve as at least one tree or perennial non-turf plantings.
    5. The turf is owned by a resident or within an apartment complex, not at a commercial, industrial, or institutional location. The exception to this is common areas in Homeowners Associations sites. Unless one of the above exemptions applies, HOA common areas are included in this turf irrigation ban.
  • This emergency regulation adopted under Water Code section 1058.5 may remain in effect for up to one year, unless rescinded earlier, or extended by the State Water Board.
  • Please go to the State Water Board’s Water Conservation Emergency Regulations webpage for more information: bit.ly/conservationreg.
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Track Your Water Usage Online

The best first step to achieving water savings is understanding how much water you use and when you use it. Santa Rosa’s WaterSmart Portal makes it easy for you to track and analyze your water use online and set alerts for high water-use. To access this water-saving tool, all you need to do is register your account using your customer number, account number, and last billed amount. Sign up today!

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Cash For Grass Rebate

Santa Rosa Water has increased its Cash for Grass rebate as of July 12, 2021. Now removing a square foot of grass will earn you $1.50 with a maximum rebate of $1,500 and save you approximately 5,500 gallons of water each year. A pre-inspection is required before any work is started though, so call 707-543-3985 today to schedule an appointment.

Landscape

Free Landscape Design Templates

The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership has developed 8 free, scalable, water-efficient, front-yard landscape design templates. These are permit ready with your site specific modifications and user selectable options. However, there are some criteria that must be met in order for the plans to be applicable to your site.


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Water-Saving Tips 

Santa Rosa Water is here to help you save water with tips, free water-saving devices, rebates, and more.  

Outdoors

  • Make sure all hoses have an automatic shut off nozzle (we provide free nozzles!).  
  • Limit irrigation to the hours of 8pm to 6am (less evaporation).
  • Use the City’s weekly WaterSmart irrigation recommendations to adjust irrigation schedules.
  • Replace high water use turf with low water use landscaping (contact us first – you could get a rebate!)   
  • Sweep hard surfaces instead of using water (driveways, sidewalks, patios).
  • If you need to get your car washed, go to sites that recycled the water.
  • Cover pools and spas when not in use to prevent evaporation.
  • Install a greywater system so you can reuse your laundry water to irrigate your yard (contact us first – you could get a rebate!).
  • Install rainwater capture system so you can reuse rain water later (contact us first – you could get a rebate!).

Indoors

  • Complete a do-it-yourself WaterSmart check up (we provide kits!).   
  • Check toilets for leaks every few months (we provide free dye tabs!) 
  • Replace old showerheads with high efficiency models (we provide these to customers for free!).
  • Fix leaks quickly.
  • Replace old faucet aerators with high efficiency fixtures (we provide these to customers for free!
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Only run dishwashers and clothes washers with full loads.
  • Install hot water recirculating pumps (contact us first – you could get a rebate!).
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Has your private well gone dry? Report your household water shortage.

Californians experiencing water supply shortages with their private household wells (not for residents served by Santa Rosa Water) are encouraged to submit the Water Household Shortage Report. Document your private water supply shortage in a few easy steps and find available resources. 

*The information collected is intended to inform state and local agencies on drought impacts pertaining to household water supplies from private well or surface water sources. 

Water Efficient Landscapes: Guidance for Homeowners Associations (HOAs) - Click Here

Disclaimer:  Santa Rosa Water is providing this information to guide HOAs and homeowners, particularly as the City, the County, and the State are implementing measures to deal with the ongoing drought emergency.  This is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.  HOAs and/or their individual homeowner members should seek legal advice where appropriate or work with the relevant public agency in the event that any questions arise about specific matters relating to HOAs and the legal restrictions that apply to HOA governance or the legal rights of residents within an HOA. 

Current Water Supply Conditions

Our watershed is currently experiencing what may become the driest period ever recorded, but we can all do our part to preserve and extend our water supply through this dry period. For water-saving tips, tools, and resources, visit srcity.org/WaterSmart 

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