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

Will we have enough water in case of a wildfire?

Yes. Being proactive and conserving water now will ensure that our region maintains a sufficient supply of water for firefighting, human consumption, and sanitation.  The City’s water system will continue to maintain pressure and water storage volumes for firefighting needs.

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?

Irrigation of lawn or turf with sprinklers or sprayers is restricted to Monday and Thursday nights between 8 pm and 6 am. No over-watering (excessive water running off properties and onto sidewalks or gutters, or ponding of water on properties) is allowed, nor is watering allowed 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/drought.

How long will stage 2 of the water shortage plan be in place?

Stage 2 will be in place until water supply levels recover or until water shortage conditions become worse and the City implements Stage 3 or higher of the Water Shortage Control Plan to reduce the gap in water supply and customer water use.

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