Water customers throughout the North Bay will be able pick up a free water saving kit during a three-county “Drought Drop By” event on June 12, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sonoma Water and its partners in the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership encourage all water users in the Russian River watershed to save water. Every drop saved helps maintain water flows in the Russian River and extends reservoir storage levels.
The Russian River watershed is in a historic drought. The region has experienced the third driest water year on record over the last 127 years. Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino water supply levels have reached historically low levels. Without additional rainfall, it is critical that aggressive water saving by our communities occurs now. The Water Advisory Committee (WAC) to the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors have adopted a resolution calling for 20 percent voluntary water conservation. Directors of the Marin Municipal Water District have adopted mandatory restrictions aimed at achieving 40 percent water use reductions.
Free drought toolkits will be distributed to participants who drop by on a first come, first served basis. While supplies last. Limit one kit per household.
• Bucket to catch water for reuse
• WaterSense labeled low-flow showerhead
• 5-minute shower timer
• WaterSense labeled low-flow faucet aerator
• Toilet dye test tablets
• Self-closing garden hose nozzle
Keeping everyone’s health and safety in mind, COVID safety protocols will be in effect. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols. Participants should remain in their vehicles if they drive to the event and stay 6 feet apart if they arrive on foot or bicycle.
• Cloverdale: Cloverdale Plaza, 124 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale
• Cotati: Cotati City Hall – 201 W Sierra Ave, Cotati
• Healdsburg: Healdsburg Community Center – 1552 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg
• Sonoma Valley, Valley of the Moon Water District, 19039 Bay St., Sonoma
• Forestville: El Molino High School Faculty Parking Lot, 7050 Covey Ln., Forestville
• Petaluma: Petaluma Community Center at Lucchesi Park – 320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma
• Rohnert Park: Rohnert Park Community Center – 5401 Snyder Ln., Rohnert Park