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 1, 2014
Sonoma county residents, agriculture and businesses are encouraged to attend one of four upcoming drought town hall meetings scheduled this month to learn about the drought, receive an update on water supply conditions and hear from local organizations about water conservation rebate programs.
March 17, 2014
The drought is still on and that means finding and fixing every water leak is more important than ever before. Fix a Leak Week officially kicks off on March 17 in Sonoma County and across the nation. The annual water awareness campaign is sponsored nationally by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Program. Nationwide, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak from homes each year. In California, it is estimated that 14 percent of homes have or have recently had a leak, representing up to 18 percent of household water use.
March 14, 2014
The State of the Sonoma Valley Water Supply is the subject of an upcoming public meeting hosted by Sonoma County Water Agency Director and County Supervisor Susan Gorin on March 31 from 6:00 – 8:30pm at Stone Hall in Vintage House, 264 First Street East in Sonoma. Several dry years combined with the driest year of record in 2013 have culminated in drought conditions across the region. This meeting, co-sponsored by the Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) and the Sonoma Valley Basin Advisory Panel, is the first in a series of drought town hall meetings planned throughout the county this spring.
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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.