Sonoma Water
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“Saving Water Challenge” offers prizes to encourage conservation during record-setting drought

Santa Rosa, CA  –  June 30, 2021  –  Water providers in the North Bay are offering prizes to encourage water customers to save water during a month-long “Saving Water Challenge” that starts on July 1 and is sponsored by the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership. A list of prizes – which includes High-efficiency clothes washer, High-efficiency toilet, Smart irrigation controller, Smart Home Water Monitor, Rainwater catchment system, and Gift certificate for a carwash at a carwash that recycles wash water – will be given out to water customers who visit and pledge to save water.

“We’re facing an unprecedented drought in the Russian River watershed and this is a great way for residents to get involved and discover ways they can save water, right now,” said Cotati Mayor Susan Harvey, who chairs the Water Advisory Committee, which oversees the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership. “We want everyone to understand how serious this drought is and to meet the challenge of saving as much water as possible.”

The Russian River watershed is in a historic drought. The region has experienced the third driest water year on record over the last 127 years. Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino water supply levels have reached historically low levels. It is critical that aggressive water saving by our communities occurs now. The Water Advisory Committee (WAC) to the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors have adopted a resolution calling for 20% voluntary water conservation, and the state has directed Sonoma Water to reduce its diversions from the Russian River. Marin Water has adopted restrictions aimed at achieving 40% water use reductions.

Water customers can enter the Saving Water Challenge by visiting and taking a pledge to save water, and view a list of prizes, which include:

  • High-efficiency clothes washer
  • High-efficiency toilet
  • Smart irrigation controller
  • Smart Home Water Monitor
  • Rainwater catchment system
  • Gift certificate for a carwash at a carwash that recycles wash water

For more details and to enter the Saving Water Challenge, visit

Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership represents 13 water utilities in Sonoma and Marin counties who have joined together to provide a regional approach to water use efficiency. The utilities are the Cities of Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Sonoma, Cotati, Healdsburg, Cloverdale; North Marin and Valley of the Moon Water Districts, Marin Water, Town of Windsor, California American Water - Larkfield and Sonoma Water. Visit us on the Web at


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