Santa Rosa Water has been closely monitoring regional water supply and storage conditions throughout two consecutive years of critically low rainfall totals dating back to the winter of 2019. As our watershed entered the 2020/2021 rainy season, the City took preemptive measures to encourage winter WaterSmart behaviors and this spring began asking customers to conserve in preparation for a historic drought. Last week, Governor Newsom officially declared a drought emergency for the Russian River watershed and this week the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors proclaimed a local drought emergency. On May 18, the Santa Rosa City Council will consider adopting a 20% voluntary community-wide water use reduction target to preserve and extend our community’s water supply. It is critical that we all do our part, big or small, to save water because every drop counts. To keep residents up-to-date on the drought emergency and connected to WaterSmart resources, the City of Santa Rosa launched a new drought Web page at srcity.org/Drought.
Let’s all do our part to preserve our precious water resources by working together to find WaterSmart solutions for our region this winter. Our WaterSmart experts recommend:
Turn OFF Your Irrigation System.
Give your irrigation system a rest over the winter and save precious water. Your plants don’t need irrigation during cold weather and shorter days.
Request a WaterSmart Check-up Kit.
Your free WaterSmart Kit includes everything you need to measure the efficiency of your faucets and showerheads, test your toilets for leaks, and arrange to receive free water saving devices delivered safely to your door. Request a do-it-yourself Kit by emailing [email protected] or calling 707-543-3985.
Find & Fix Leaks.
Leaking toilets can waste about 200 gallons of water every day. That’s like flushing your toilet more than 50 times for no reason! Request free dye tabs to test your toilet for leaks and learn more about finding and fixing leaks HERE
Install Free WaterSmart Devices.
Showerheads, kitchen and bathroom sink aerators, and hose-end shut off nozzles are available upon request. Making simple changes, like replacing aerators, can save about 460 gallons of water per month. Request free aerators, showerheads, and hose-end nozzles by emailing [email protected] or calling 707-543-3985.
Choose WaterSense Fixtures and Appliances.
When replacing faucets, showerheads, toilets, clothes washers, and dishwashers, be sure to choose WaterSense labeled product. To learn more about WaterSense products, visit epa.gov/WaterSense.
Transform Your Lawn.
Conserve water by transforming your lawn into a beautiful low water-use landscape. Santa Rosa offers a rebate based on how much turf your remove. Rebates are also available for irrigation system improvements like converting to drip irrigation, upgrading to high-efficiency sprinkler nozzles, adding a rain sensor, installing a smart irrigation controller, and more. LEARN MORE
To learn more about saving water and how you can help, visit srcity.org/WaterSmart or contact a WaterSmart Technician today by calling 707-543-3985 or emailing [email protected]