Water Supply Update (7/14/22):
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.
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.