Working Today for Water Tomorrow
The mission of the Sonoma County Water Agency is to effectively manage the water resources in our care for the benefit of people and the environment through resource and environmental stewardship, technical innovation, and responsible fiscal management.
The Sonoma County Water Agency is a regional leader in water resources management. The Water Agency strives to look forward, beyond today's issues, to anticipate ways to advance its mission. Additionally, the Water Agency continues to adapt its mission in response to changing opportunities, keeping the Water Agency at the forefront of developments in the water industry.
The Water Agency was created as a special district in 1949 by the California Legislature to provide flood protection and water supply services. Legislation enacted in 1995 added the treatment and disposal of wastewater to the Water Agency's responsibilities. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors acts as the Water Agency's Board of Directors. The Water Agency is a separate legal entity created by State law, having specific limited purposes and powers, and separate sources of funding.
April 6, 2015
The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) will announce today it has achieved the goal of an entirely carbon-free supply of electricity for its water and sanitation systems by the year 2015. Through a combination of constructing its owner power sources and contracting for renewable and carbon free sources - such as hydroelectric, landfill gas, and solar energy - the Water Agency this year will supply 100% of its electricity needs through renewable sources.
March 27, 2015
The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) is pleased to announce its 2015 public tours of the Russian River water supply system, sanitation districts, and energy projects. The tours are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about local water resources. To register for a tour, go to www.sonomacountywater.org/tours and fill out the online registration form. Space is limited and reserved on a first-come-first-served basis.
March 17, 2015
Sonoma County Water Agency General Manager Grant Davis comments on the State Water Resources Control Board's 5-0 vote in favor of extending current restrictions on outdoor water use. Watering of lawns will only be allowed twice a week and residents will have to wait two days after rainfall to water lawns. California is now entering its fourth year of a drought.
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Meet the Water Agency General Manager
Grant Davis, as the General Manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency, is responsible for management activities related to the Water Agency’s core functions of water delivery, wastewater management, flood protection, and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining the Agency, Mr. Davis was Executive Director of The Bay Institute, a science-based nonprofit, dedicated to protecting the San Francisco Bay-Delta Watershed and improving water management in California.
Mr. Davis also worked for Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey and was an aide to State Senator Milton Marks of San Francisco and to Assemblywoman Lucy Killea of San Diego. Davis also operated a successful small business, specializing in strategic planning, public relations and campaign management. Mr. Davis is a board member of the California Utility Executives and Managers Association, Water Reuse California, and the Bay Planning Coalition. He received his BA in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.
View current water supply levels in Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino as well as current Russian River flows.
Sonoma County Water Agency provides high quality drinking water to over 600,000 people in Sonoma and northern Marin Counties.
The Sonoma County Water Agency has a duty to secure water for future generations of Sonoma County residents. The potential impacts of climate change will make it more difficult to meet that mission.
The Sonoma County Water agency is responsible for maintaining over 75 miles of streams throughout Sonoma County, and has numerous facilities to help reduce the risk of flooding.
The Sonoma County Water Agency manages and operates eight different sanitation districts and zones throughout Sonoma County. High-quality tertiary treated recycled water is an important source of water and its use offsets potable water demands.