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Stage 2 Water Shortage effective July 1  --  Help Sonoma reduce water use by 20%

Water Conservation Measures

A Stage 1 Water Shortage was declared on June 7.  A Stage 2 Water Shortage is effective on July 1.

Stage 2 Water Conservation Measures

To meet the required 20% water usage reduction, the following actions will be prohibited effective July 1, 2021:

•  Refilling or initial filling of a swimming pool from the City’s water system except as otherwise needed to maintain the water level for the proper operation of swimming pool pumps and filters;
•  Use of water for nonrecirculating ornamental fountains by commercial customers;
•  Noncommercial washing of privately owned motor vehicles, trailers, and boats except from a bucket and a hose equipped with a shutoff nozzle;
•  Any use of water from a fire hydrant except for fighting fires. Use for essential construction needs may be permitted by the director upon submittal of a permit application for construction water;
•  Use of potable water for dust control at construction sites; and
•  Residential and commercial irrigation except on Mondays and Thursdays from 8pm to 6am.

The following are exempt from Stage 2 irrigation restrictions:

•  Landscape irrigation zones that exclusively use drip irrigation systems
•  Watering or irrigating by use of a hand-held bucket or similar container, a hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle or device, or for very short periods of time for the express purpose of adjusting or repairing an irrigation system
•  Irrigation of athletic fields
•  Irrigation of the City’s Plaza.

Stage 1 Water Conservation Measures

Water users are encouraged to take the following actions

  • Apply irrigation water only during the evening and early morning hours (8:00 PM – 7:00 AM) to reduce evaporation losses.
  • Inspect all irrigation systems, repair leaks, and adjust spray heads to provide optimum coverage and eliminate avoidable over-spray.
  • For irrigation valves controlling water applied to lawns, vary the minutes of run time consistent with fluctuations in weather.
  • Reduce minutes of run-time for each irrigation cycle if water begins to run off to gutters and ditches before the irrigation cycle is completed.
  • Utilize water conservation rebate and other incentive programs to replace high water-use plumbing fixtures and appliances with water-efficient models.
  • Utilize City information on using water efficiently, reading water meters, repairing ordinary leaks, and applying water efficiently to landscaping.
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