What has the City done to prepare for water shortages? (Background and Additional Information)
  • To prepare for water shortages, the City reviews and updates its Water Shortage Contingency Plan (Shortage Plan) every five years in conjunction with the UWMP. The 2020 Shortage Plan explains how Santa Rosa will respond to eight water shortage levels that range from up to 10% (Stage 1) to over 50% (Stage 8). The Shortage Plan also provides more details about water rationing and water demand offsets for Stages 5-8. While Santa Rosa has never had to implement water rationing or offsets in the past, the Shortage Plan provides a road map should they become necessary in the future. The Water Shortage Contingency Plan is available the 2020 Water Shortage Contingency Plan on the Water Supply Planning webpage here.
  • Over the past 30 years, Santa Rosa has also adopted policies and programs to ensure new development is more efficient and to help our community achieve improvements in water use efficiency. Since the 1990s, Santa Rosa has adopted a series of building codes and local ordinances that meet or exceed State requirements for new and remodeled buildings. This includes stricter water efficiency requirements for plumbing fixtures (faucets, showerheads, toilets), appliances, and landscapes. As a result, development in Santa Rosa is built to higher efficiency standards than in the past.
  • Santa Rosa has also implemented water efficiency programs for existing water customers since 1991 to help them become more water efficient. Due to these efforts, Santa Rosa used 14% less water in 2020 than in 1990, even though population increased 53%. Per capita water use in Santa Rosa declined 44% in that time period. 

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1. Does the Water Demand Offset (WDO) Policy apply to my project? (Applicability and Compliance)
2. If the WDO Policy applies to my project, how do I comply? (Applicability and Compliance)
3. Where do I find the WDO Application? (Applications and Agreements)
4. When and where do I submit my WDO Application? (Applications and Agreements)
5. What if my project site has a water service with water connection credits? Do the Water Demand Offset requirements still apply to my project? (Applications and Agreements)
6. Are processing fees required for the WDO Application? (Applications and Agreements)
7. How do I obtain a WDO Agreement? (Applications and Agreements)
8. What if I disagree with the final requirements in the Agreement? (Applications and Agreements)
9. How much will I have to pay in WDO Fees? (WDO Fees)
10. When do I have to pay the WDO Fees or complete my City approved alternative compliance method for achieving offsets? (WDO Fees)
11. How will WDO Fees be used to achieve water demand offsets? (WDO Fees)
12. Is there an opportunity to reduce WDO Fees once they are included in the WDO Agreement? (WDO Fees)
13. Can I propose an alternative compliance method to achieving water demand offsets, instead of paying a WDO Fee? (Alternative Compliance)
14. What is required for an alternative project? (Alternative Compliance)
15. When do I have to complete the alternative compliance project? (Alternative Compliance)
16. How much will I have to pay for this alternative compliance method instead of paying the WDO Fees? (Alternative Compliance)
17. What has the City done to plan for the long-range water needs of our community? (Background and Additional Information)
18. What has the City done to prepare for water shortages? (Background and Additional Information)
19. How many water shortage stages does the Santa Rosa have? (Background and Additional Information)
20. How does the City respond to water shortage Stages 1-4 (10% to 25% shortage)? (Background and Additional Information)
21. How does the City respond to severe water shortage Stages 5-8 (30% or greater)? (Background and Additional Information)