Water Supply and Water-Use Restrictions
Water Supply Update
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All current restrictions are listed below. Previous drought prohibitions, including on powerwashing, are no longer active.
- 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
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- This emergency regulation adopted under Water Code section 1058.5 may remain in effect for up to one year, unless rescinded earlier, or extended by the State Water Board.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!
Get paid to save water with our Cash for Grass rebate! The savings really adds up when you transform your lawn into a beautiful WaterSmart garden. For every square foot of grass transformed into a WaterSmart landscape receive $1.00, with a maximum rebate of $1,000. Irrigation efficiency rebates are also available. Please note, a pre-inspection is required before any work is started, so schedule an appointment today!
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.
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