Program again meets state conservation goal
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Six professional football stadium’s worth of turf were removed within the Sonoma County Water Agency’s service area last year, according to the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership’s recently released annual report. 

The Partnership represents 10 water utilities in Sonoma and Marin counties who have joined together to provide regional solutions for water-use efficiency and meet the State of California’s goal of reducing per capita water use 20 percent by the year 2020 – also known as the SBx7-7 20x2020 goal.  

The utilities include the Cities of Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Sonoma, Cotati; North Marin, Valley of the Moon and Marin Municipal Water Districts; Town of Windsor and Sonoma County Water Agency.

 “The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership shows a regional commitment to water conservation by offering financial incentives to conserve and by educating water users about where drinking water comes from and how to use it most efficiently,” said Water Agency Director and Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo.  “The Partnership, through its many water efficiency programs, educational seminars and outreach campaigns, is working every day of the year to educate our communities about the importance of conserving water resources and curbing water-wasting behaviors.”

 Last year (Fiscal Year 2011-12), the utilities invested more than $1.5 million combined to fund water use efficiency programs that resulted in the region continuing to meet the regional 20x2020 goal of 129 gallons per capita per day (GPCD) by achieving a 113 GPCD.  Funding for these programs come from a variety of sources, including utility ratepayers, non-governmental grants, and State initiative funding, such as Proposition 84 (the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006).

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