FAQ Topic: Water

What is the best way to reduce my water use outdoors?

Turning off your irrigation, or significantly reducing your irrigation, is an easy way to have big water savings. If you are unable to stop irrigating your landscape, the following steps can help with reducing outdoor water use: Thoroughly check your irrigation system to ensure there are no breaks, leaks, or water waste occurring when it … Continued

How does the City of Sonoma enforce water restrictions and water use prohibitions?

While the Sonoma Municipal Code allows for various forms of enforcement, it is City staff’s intent to urge voluntary compliance rather than impose harsh penalties. Staff will initially enforce with reminders when violations are noticed in the normal course of City business. Direct mailed notices, media releases, and temporary signage will be provided to remind … Continued

When can I wash my car?

Car-washing can be done any day of the week but must be done with a hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle or a bucket. Hoses may not be left running. Consider taking your car to a Water Smart Car Wash. Remember, many local car washes recycle their water on-site and use it many times … Continued

When can I water my lawn?

It is suggested that everyone reduce their irrigation as much as possible and water only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. No over-watering (excessive water running off properties and onto sidewalks or gutters, or ponding of water on properties) is allowed. Prevent watering within 48 hours of measurable rain (1/8”).

How do I report water waste in my community?

Everyone can do their part to use water wisely, but some people need a friendly reminder. If you observe water waste or would like to alert the City of a concern, please contact the City of Sonoma Public Works Department. Email publicworks@sonomacity.org, Call (707) 938-3332, or Fill out the online form. To report water waste outside of … Continued

Where does Sonoma’s drinking water come from?

Sonoma purchases 90 percent of our water from Sonoma Water and 10 percent is pumped from the city’s wells. For more information on Sonoma Water supply and water shortage reservoirs levels, please visit sonomawater.org

What are the current restrictions on Sonoma water customers?

While the City of Sonoma is not currently in a drought emergency, the following nonessential uses of municipal water are prohibited: The washing of sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, and other hard-surfaced areas by direct hosing, except as may be necessary to properly dispose of flammable or other dangerous liquids or substances, wash away spills … Continued

How do I stop my water service?

Customers wishing to disconnect water service must complete a Water Turn Off Form and submit it to City Hall, No. 1 The Plaza, Sonoma, CA 95476. You may also e-mail a signed copy of the water turn off form to the Finance Department at finance@sonomacity.org , however; it is the customer’s responsibility to confirm receipt … Continued

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