Board of Public Utilities (BPU)

The Santa Rosa Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has general policy authority and direction over the management and operation of the City's water and wastewater facilities. The Board also directs other water operations managed by the City and water facilities owned or operated by the City.

The BPU approves water and wastewater projects and awards contracts in accordance with procedures adopted by the City Council; negotiates property acquisitions consistent with the policies and practices of the City Council and within the parameters of state law; rents and leases Water Department property and property needed for City water purposes consistent with the policies and practices of the City Council and within the parameters of state law; and awards contracts for maintenance, services, supplies and professional services needed by each City utility in accordance with Council adopted procedures.

Board Meetings, Minutes, and Agendas

Board Subcommittees

The Santa Rosa Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Board Members serve on four standing subcommittees for the Water Department. They are as follows:
 Subcommittee Liasion

Water Conservation 

The Water Conservation subcommittee provides guidance on the 
 implementation of the City's Water Conservation Program, reviews and 
 approves the goals and projects of the Water Conservation Program, 
 develops and recommends water management policies and 
 regulations, evaluates new water saving technologies and promotes 
 public education regarding water conservation. The subcommittee 
 generally meets on a quarterly basis and consists of three members
 from the Board and City staff from the City Manager's office, Finance 
 and Water Departments. 


Contract Review 

The Contract Review subcommittee reviews and makes recommendations to the full BPU on new and ongoing consultant contracts, including but 
 not limited to, the Geysers Recharge Project, Incremental Recycled 
 Water Program (IRWP), and Advanced Metering Infrastructure projects. 
 The subcommittee reviews contracts that are considered to be complex 
 and require additional review, so a recommendation can be given to the
 full Board. 

Galvin (chair)

Budget Review 

The Budget Review Subcommittee reviews budget and other financial 
 matters as desired by the Chair and staff.

Watts (chair)
Walsh Wright

City Council & Board of Public Utilities Liaison

The City Council and Board of Public Utilities Liaison Subcommittee 
 explores issues relating to the City's water and sewer utilities and 
 making recommendations to the full City Council. 

Galvin (chair)
Arnone (vice chair)

Ad Hoc Committees

Nutrient Offset Program

Groundwater Management 

Subregional Technical Advisory Committee (SubTAC)

The Santa Rosa Subregional Wastewater Technical Advisory Committee (SubTAC) was formed to present, review, and resolve mutual problems related to the Santa Rosa Subregional Water Reuse System and to advise the Santa Rosa Board of Public Utilities and the governing bodies of the user agencies. The SubTAC is comprised of one staff member from the City of Santa Rosa, the City of Rohnert Park, the City of Cotati, the City of Sebastopol and the South Park County Sanitation District.
The Subregional Technical Advisory Committee meets the 2nd Thursday of February, March, and October at 8 a.m. and the 1st Thursday of April at 8 a.m. at the Laguna Treatment Plant, 4300 Llano Road, Santa Rosa, California.

Meetings, Minutes, and Agendas