How does the City respond to severe water shortage Stages 5-8 (30% or greater)? (Background and Additional Information)
  • In water shortage Stages 5 or higher (shortages of 30% or greater), new construction is allowed to continue in Santa Rosa, provided it offsets its water demand to achieve a net zero impact on water supplies.
  • In addition, existing customers would be required to adhere to site-specific monthly water allocations (water rationing). 
  • As with all water shortage levels, Santa Rosa would also implement prohibitions and restrictions to eliminate water waste and reduce non-essential use. 
  • Further, Santa Rosa would implement an outreach and education campaign and promote WaterSmart programs described here.
  • More information about Santa Rosa’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan is available on Santa Rosa’s Water Supply Planning webpage here.

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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)