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Water Supply Update (7/14/22):

Our local water supply conditions remain critically low this summer. For the past three years the Russian River watershed has experienced less than average rainfall, including two of the driest years in over 100 years of record keeping. This severe and prolonged drought is significantly impacting local water storage in Lake Sonoma, Santa Rosa’s major source of drinking water, which is currently at 53% storage capacity and well below average for this time of year. 

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To combat this drought, Santa Rosa is asking all residents, businesses, and visitors to save water to achieve a necessary 20% reduction in water use communitywide. For the last few months Santa Rosa’s 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. Last month, Santa Rosa achieved a 17% reduction and the cumulative water savings for the months of July 2021 through June 2022 are now 17%, when compared to 2020 water use.  

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.
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Pressure Washing

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

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