Santa Rosa asks residents to cut water use by 20%

Santa Rosa is requesting that residents voluntarily cut back their water use immediately by 20% compared to 2020.

The council passed the resolution Tuesday in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent drought declaration for the Russian River watershed and the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership’s request for a 20% regionwide reduction in water use to preserve the water supply.

"To achieve necessary water savings, we all need to take action now,” Mayor Chris Rogers said in a news release. “Changing simple habits, like reducing your irrigation run times and shortening showers, can make a big difference and will help us to meet our communitywide water-savings target.”

Santa Rosa Water is asking all residents to eliminate water waste and adopt water-saving behaviors by finding and fixing leaks, reducing outdoor irrigation, taking shorter showers and turning off the water while brushing their teeth.

The department will host a Drought Drop-By event on June 12 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Parking Lot B (at the corner of Brookwood Avenue and Bennett Valley Road) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participants can pick up a water-saving kit that includes a bucket, high-efficiency showerheads, faucet aerators, shower timer, and more. Additional details are provided at

If possible, the city is asking residents to make permanent changes, like converting their lawn into low water use landscapes or replacing inefficient water fixtures with high-efficiency devices. Santa Rosa Water offers water-saving tips, free devices and numerous rebates. For more information, visit

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Kathleen Coates

Windsor and Cloverdale, The Press Democrat 

As someone who grew up in a small town, I enjoy covering what's happening in Windsor and Cloverdale, which are growing in their own unique ways.  I delve into issues by getting to know people and finding out what’s going on in the community. I also pay attention to animal welfare and other issues that affect Sonoma County.

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