Sonoma leaders are asking residents to reduce their water use by 15%. The city council unanimously declared a first phase water shortage, which seeks voluntary conservation efforts.
Effective immediately, all residents, businesses, schools and facilities in the City of Sonoma – including parks – are urged to reduce their indoor and outdoor water use by at least 15%.
“It is important that we all do our part and reduce our daily water consumption,” Deputy Mayor Madolyn Agrimonti said in a press release issued Tuesday afternoon by the city. “We have had two consecutive dry years and we need to protect our water supply.”
The city will also be providing tools to residents at a 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. event on Saturday at City Hall. City staff and council members will distribute free drought toolkits to residents who visit on a first come, first served basis.
Kits include a bucket for collecting water for reuse, a low-flow shower head, a 5-minute shower timer, a low-flow faucet aerator, toilet dye test tablets and a hose nozzle sprinkler system with automatic closing. The kits are made available in partnership with the city, Sonoma Water and Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership.
The statement asks all water customers to take the following actions:
- Apply irrigation water only in the evening and early in the morning (8 p.m. to 7 a.m.) to reduce evaporative losses
- Inspect all irrigation systems, repair leaks and adjust spray heads to provide optimal coverage and eliminate avoidable overspray
- For irrigation valves controlling water applied to lawns, vary the minutes of operation based on weather fluctuations
- Reduce the minutes of run time for each irrigation cycle, if water begins to flow to gutters and ditches before the irrigation cycle is complete
- Be aware of and obey city water discharge bans – see Sonoma Municipal Code section 13.10.060 for details
- Use water conservation discounts and other incentive programs to replace water-intensive plumbing fixtures and appliances with water-efficient models
- Use city information on efficient water use, reading water meters, repairing common leaks, and applying water efficiently to landscaping
City officials said conservation was already underway at city parks and facilities.
Residents can find more resources to help save water on the city’s water conservation page https://www.sonomacity.org/water-conservation/.