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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