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Drought Resources

Sonoma County is currently experiencing its fourth consecutive year in a drought.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared Drought State of Emergency on April 17, 2014

Prohibited Water Use:

The prohibitions on potable water use, first adopted in 2014 by the State Water Board, will continue, and new prohibitions will go into effect. All Californian's are now prohibited from:

  • Washing down sidewalks and drive ways;
  • Watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excess runoff;
  • Washing a motor vehicle with a hose, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle;
  • Operating a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is part of a recirculating system; and
  • Irrigating turf or ornamental landscapes during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation. 

Prohibitions Affecting Commercial Businesses Include:

  • Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers on request; and
  • Operators of hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily and prominently display notice of this option 
  • Published on December 18, 2015

    A series of storms in early December brought rainfall totals in the Santa Rosa basin to just over 5 inches (average for this time of year is 8.14 inches) and just over 6.50 inches in the Ukiah basin (average is 9.49 inches).

  • Published on December 15, 2015

    A series of storms in early December brought rainfall totals in the Santa Rosa basin to just over 5 inches (average for this time of year is 8.14 inches) and just over 6.50 inches in the Ukiah basin (average is 9.49 inches).

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  • Water Agency
    Published on October 28, 2015

    Is our region in a drought if Lake Sonoma is at 70% of capacity?
    The Russian River water supply system is in a continued drought; Lake Mendocino continues to face the brunt of the drought, along with decreased flows from the Potter Valley Project.  A drought is not only measured by surface water conditions, but also groundwater levels and overall rainfall received.

  • Water Agency
    Published on October 27, 2015

    The residential recycled water fill station that provided free recycled water for local residents to water their lawns and gardens for the past two months will close at the end of October.

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