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Cotati asks residents to conserve water

Cotati residents are being asked to voluntarily conserve water as the region muddles through the worst drought in decades.

Joining other cities in the area, the Cotati City Council Tuesday night unanimously adopted a resolution to endorse 20 percent voluntary water saving measures.

Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma, the key reservoirs for Sonoma County's municipal water supplies, are well below normal levels, prompting plans to reduce water usage.

Cotati residents will receive educational material in their water bills and be alerted to the city's free WaterSmart program. The city is also partnering with Daily Acts, the Petaluma non-profit organization, to discuss grey water use and low-water landscapes.

The council's action was the first step in a regional drought plan that starts with voluntary measures and could progress to mandatory water restrictions should the drought worsen.

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