Water Supply and Water-Use Restrictions
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- 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
Washing sidewalks, driveways, and patios with potable water is prohibited.
- Instead use a broom to save water and get your surface clean.
Hotels and lodgings must provide drought messaging, including laundering of linens only upon request.
- Free cards for lodging establishments available for download
- Report Violations of this Drought Provision
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
- Cleaning for health and safety reasons, including:
Overhead 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.
- Drip irrigation is allowed during the day, although recommended to run at night.
- 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
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:
- The turf is used for human recreation, civic purposes, sports or play.
- The turf is irrigated with recycled water.
- The turf is irrigated with non-potable water (water that is not permitted for use as a drinking water supply).
- The turf is on the same valve as at least one tree or perennial non-turf plantings.
- 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.
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!
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.
Santa Rosa Water is here to help you save water with tips, free water-saving devices, rebates, and more.
- 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!).
- 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!).
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.
- What does a 20% mandatory reduction in water use mean?
- What is the 20% reduction target timeline compared to?
- Why do we continue to allow new building and development during a water shortage?
- Does the City of Santa Rosa provide water to wineries and other agricultural interests?
- How do I request an exemption or variance from a water use prohibition or restriction?
- How is the City of Santa Rosa responding to the regional drought emergency?
- How do I cut back my water use if I'm already efficient with my water use?
- What is considered efficient water use?
- How can I figure out how much water I use?
- Is the City of Santa Rosa enforcing any water use prohibitions?
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