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October 16, 2017
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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
Drought may be over but we still should save water
October 6, 2017

While the drought of recent years is over, it is always a good idea to save water – which will also save you money. 

The City of Rohnert Park provides tools to save water in homes and businesses.  We partner with the Sonoma County Water Agency, who upon request will have a trained water use efficiency technician come to your home or business and conduct a free water use survey.  

This survey includes an on-site review of indoor and outdoor water use to identify problems such as leaks, breaks and general inefficiencies in your water system.  Water Agency staff will check indoor fixtures including toilets, showers, sinks and washing machines.  The staff will check for leaks and provide customized recommendations about how to save water indoors.  

Outdoors, staff will also check for leaks, review existing irrigation and adjust irrigation controllers as needed. Staff will prepare a report regarding current water use and recommend ways to increase efficiency.  If current water fixtures are not low-flow, free low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators will be provided.  Educational materials and information on water conservation rebates will also be included. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 547-1909.  

Water conservation statewide

While the drought is over here, the state has retained restrictions on water use that include:

•No washing of hardscapes such as driveways and sidewalks

•No washing cars without a shutoff nozzle

•No outdoor irrigation that results in runoff onto adjacent properties, hardscapes or structures

•No use of decorative water features such as fountains, except when water is part of a recirculating system

•No outdoor watering within 48 hours after measurable rainfall

•Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers on request

•Hotel/motel operators must provide guests with the option to not have towels/linens laundered daily

•High efficiency toilet (HET) rebates

Residents are eligible for rebates up to $150 for the purchase of a new high-efficiency toilet. They flush with 1.1 gallons of water (or less). To be eligible, the new toilets must replace toilets that flush 3.5 gallons or more, which typically were installed prior to 1992. 

Community Events

October represents a month of fun engaging activities for families. The first two events in the line-up take place back to back at the Community Center Complex, giving families a full weekend of entertainment on October 7 and 8. The Annual Founder’s Day Celebration on Saturday, October 7 will feature a parade at 10 a.m. along Snyder Lane from Lawrence Jones Middle School to Rancho Cotate High School. Following the parade will be the traditional festival from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. at the community center. A new addition this year is a fun-run starting at 8 a.m.  The very next day, Sunday, October 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. will be the Harvest Fest as part of the Second Sunday Family Fun Series, featuring local pop and funk band, Frobeck. This event will also be at the community center.

On Saturday, October 21, we welcome back the hit event, Pumpkin Splash from 1 to 4 p.m. at Honeybee Pool. Participants get to jump in the pool and hunt for the perfect pumpkin and then embellish it at our decorating station with all sorts of fun crafts! This is a family event suitable for participants of all ages, but does require pre-registration at the Rohnert Park Community Center or online.

Showtime!

Spreckels Performing Arts Center is proud to announce the opening of Monty Python’s, “Spamalot,” which will run October 13 through October 29. This lively musical comedy based on the classic film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” won three Tony Awards, including, “Best Musical,” and received 14 Tony nominations. Visit www.spreckelsonline.com for ticket information.