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SONOMA COUNTY CONSERVATION
4787 Old Redwood Highway | Santa Rosa, CA 95403 | Hours 8:30am-4:00pm | Drop box available 24/7
Phone (707) 542-8329, ext. 0 | Fax 707-542-1738
DROUGHT EMERGENCY DECLARED FOR SONOMA COUNTY
Sonoma County is officially in a drought. California American Water is monitoring the situation closely and will take further action as needed. In the meantime we are asking our customers to take practical steps to reduce water use, follow our three-day-a-week watering schedule, and avoid prohibited uses of water.
SONOMA COUNTY CONSERVATION
- Customers may water up to three days per week on the days of their choosing
- Please water outdoors before 9:00 am or after 8:00 pm
- Do not allow water to run onto sidewalks or gutters
- Consider running irrigation systems for 3-4 minutes, 2-3 times per watering day
Click the link buttons below for more information.
Please check out the limited time “Water/Energy Rebates for Restaurant and Food Service Facilities” provided through our Sonoma-Marin Partnership. Select “OTHER REBATES INFORMATION” tab for details and application.
We're Here to Help
FREE Water Wise Surveys are available. California American Water provides free water use consultations for our residential and non-residential customers. For residential customers, a conservation specialist will visit your home, identify ways to help you save water, and even provide free low flow fixtures for your kitchen and bathroom. For non-residential customers, a conservation specialist will calculate an individualized water budget and provide water saving recommendations. Please call your Conservation Specialist at 707-304-8202 ext. 0 to schedule your in home survey.
State Water Board Bans Watering “Non-Functional” Turf With Potable Water
Effective June 10, 2022, the State Water Board has implemented a statewide ban on watering “non-functional turf” in commercial, industrial, institutional areas with potable water. This does not include house yards, parks, or sports fields, but it does include decorative turf at businesses and in common areas of HOAs and housing subdivisions. Non-functional turf is grass that is solely ornamental and not regularly used for human recreational purposes or for civic or community events.
Why is this happening?
The new emergency regulation is mandated by the State Water Board in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s March 28 Executive Order and aims to improve the state’s water conservation efforts amid the third year of drought. The emergency regulation will remain in effect for one year, unless modified by the State Water Board.
Learn more about the ban by visiting bit.ly/conservationreg.
What do customers need to do to comply?
Owners and managers of commercial, industrial, institutional, and HOA properties must not use potable water for irrigating non-functional turf. If you have questions about conservation and replacing your turf, please contact our Conservation Specialists by clicking on your district listed above.
The enforcement of this ban will be led by the State Water Resources Control Board, although California American Water does send courtesy notices to customers if there are reports of a potential violation. California American Water is permitted to enforce fines should customers not comply, however we are committed to education over enforcement whenever possible.
New Webinars coming in Spring of 2023.
California American Water Rebates
Water/Energy Rebates for Restaurant and Food Service Facilities
CLICK HERE for description and rules regarding our outdoor conservation rebates (Turf Replacement).
Sonoma County Sanitation District Water Rebates
Many California American Water customers in our Larkfield service area receive sanitary service from Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) and are eligible for their rebate programs. For more information on SCWA’s rebate programs, please visit: www.scwa.ca.gov.
Any questions, please call our Larkfield Office at 707-542-8329, ext. 0. Hours are from 8:30am to 4:00pm (closed from 12-1pm) Monday through Friday.