Drought Relief Programs
Russian River Drought Program
Turf Replacement Rebates of up to $250 for homes and
You can save water and money by replacing your turf and lawn sprinkler system with low water use plants watered by a drip irrigation system. Maximum rebate is $250 or 500 sq ft. for single family customers and $5,000 or 10,000 sq ft. for commercial customers.
Free High-Efficiency Toilets and Fixtures, Installation Included
The High-Efficiency Fixture Direct-Install Program provides no cost replacement of older (pre-1992), inefficient toilets with new high-efficiency models for eligible homes. To tell how much water per flush your toilets use now, check for a manufacture date stamped inside the tank or on the underside of the tank lid. If the date is before 1992 the toilet likely uses 3.5 gallons per flush or more. On newer toilets, markings stating the flush volume can be found on the rim of the bowl between the seat hinges.
The Russian River Drought Relief Program is administered by the Sonoma County Water Agency.
Water Saving Tips
According to the Association of California Water Agencies, outdoor water usage makes up more than 50% of residential use in California. Below are some tips and tricks to spread your gallons farther.
- Mulch around your plants. This can help slow evaporation and trap moisture in for your plant.
- Put a bucket in the shower while you're waiting for the water to warm up, and use the water you catch for watering plants.
- Instead of watering for one 10 minute cycle switch to a few 3 minute cycles to allow the water to soak into the ground and reduce your chance of runoff.