|SCWA calls for 20 percent cut in county water use
Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) General Manager Grant Davis on Monday called on residents of the cities and water districts it serves to reduce their water use by 20 percent.
The Water Agency provides wholesale drinking water to the cities of Cotati, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sonoma, the Town of Windsor, and the Valley of the Moon, North Marin and Marin Municipal water districts – otherwise known as the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership. The Water Agency’s request responds to Gov. Brown’s emergency drought declaration that included a request for 20 percent voluntary conservation.
Grant Davis, general manager of the Water Agency said, “The Water Agency supports the governor’s emergency drought declaration, and that’s why I am asking everyone who receives water from our Russian River water supply system to immediately reduce their water use by 20 percent.
“A voluntary 20 percent reduction will save 3 billion gallons of water this year. I have also directed my finance team to develop next year’s budget assuming this 20 percent reduction. Proactive financing will help prepare for declining water sales due to the drought and resulting necessary conservation.”
Water Agency Director Efren Carrillo stated, “Our two water supply reservoirs, Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino, remain historically low. Conditions today are worse than during the 1977 drought; we need at least 13 inches of rain to even get up to 1977 conditions. We didn’t have Lake Sonoma in 1977 and are lucky it’s there. Although Lake Sonoma’s water supply storage is 66 percent of capacity, we must conserve that supply in case dry conditions continue into next year.”
Water Agency Director Susan Gorin added, “We will get through this drought by pulling together as a community. Taking simple steps to save water such as turning off outdoor irrigation can help our community reach a 20 percent conservation goal. Resources are available to help our community during these dry times. I encourage everyone to visit www.wateroff.org to learn more about the drought and how to save water.”