Local Water Utilities to Community: Know when to Water

For Immediate Release –  June 21, 2019
Brad Sherwood
707.547.1927 (Office)
Barry Dugan
707.547.1930 (Office)
(Santa Rosa, CA) – The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership (Partnership) has launched a regional multi-media effort throughout the North Bay region with a simple message: Know When to Water.
The Partnership includes Sonoma Water and nine water utilities including the cities of Cotati, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Windsor, and the North Marin, Valley of the Moon, Marin Municipal Water Districts and California American Water Company-Larkfield.
The advertising campaign will focus on outdoor water conservation messages that will appear in online media. Each advertisement spotlights a creative resource or method for saving water. The advertisements can be viewed at www.savingwaterpartnership.org. The new advertisements augment the Partnership’s ongoing year-round water conservation program that has featured local residents and businesses doing their part to save water by participating in water-efficiency programs. 
“The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership’s goal is to increase awareness of water conservation and provide helpful tips for the community.” said Cotati Councilwoman Susan Harvey, Chairwoman of the Water Advisory Committee.  “We hope this campaign will create awareness about so many great programs being offered to help residents save water.”
Sonoma Water Chair David Rabbitt added, “Through this partnership we have been able to create extensive online conservation resources which includes the water smart plant guide. This guide can be a beneficial tool for anyone who needs guidance or inspiration when planning their landscaping projects.”
With an above average rainfall this winter, healthy water storage levels remain at the region’s two largest reservoirs, Lake Sonoma (100% of water supply capacity) and Lake Mendocino (100% of water supply capacity).
For more information, please visit www.sonomawater.org/current-water-supply-levels/ and to view the Partnership ad campaign, visit www.savingwaterpartnership.org.
The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership was formed to identify and recommend implementation of water use efficiency projects, and maximize the cost-effectiveness of water use efficiency programs in our region. Partners will implement or use best efforts to secure the implementation of any water conservation requirements.


Water Wise Home on Display at Santa Rosa Plaza


Press Release – For Immediate Release – August 13, 2015

Elise Howard
Santa Rosa Water

Brad Sherwood
Sonoma County Water Agency
707.547.1927 (office)
707.322.8192 (cell)

Water Wise Home(Santa Rosa, CA) – A “Water Wise Home” will be on public display at the Santa Rosa Plaza starting Friday, August 14 through October to help show our community how to save water inside and outside our homes.  Sponsored by the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership, a coalition of local public water suppliers, the exhibit will feature three different rooms that offer hands-on information about greywater, low flow shower heads and faucets, and other helpful water conservation tips. The home also has interactive features to show the difference between a regular and a low flow shower head and how much water can be wasted by having a leaking faucet. The Water Wise Home also provides information on water conservation rebates available for most of the major cities in Sonoma County.

Water Agency Director Shirlee Zane said, “The Water Wise Home offers a unique opportunity for our community to see first-hand how water can be saved in our homes.  So the next time you are at the Santa Rosa Plaza, please stop by and visit our home and help beat this drought.”

“This is an extremely valuable resource for the region”, said David Guhin, Director of Santa Rosa Water. “By offering a one-stop shop for practical and affordable water saving solutions we can all do our part to save.”

The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership represents 11 water utilities in Sonoma and Marin counties who have joined together to provide a regional approach to water use efficiency.  The utilities are the Cities of Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Sonoma, Cotati; North Marin, Valley of the Moon and Marin Municipal Water Districts, Town of Windsor, California American Water, and Sonoma County Water Agency.

For more information about the Partnership and available water conservation rebate programs, visit www.wateroff.org.


Thank You For Taking the Challenge


20gc-sprinkler-webThank you for being among the first North Bay residents to take the 20-Gallon Challenge! We appreciate your willingness to save water every day.

If you haven’t already taken steps to reduce your water use – particularly outside – now is the time to start. It’s getting warmer and we expect another hot spell this weekend! Cutting irrigation by 2 minutes a cycle will prevent overwatering and reduces stress on our water supply.

If you didn’t see it, there is a terrific article in today’s Press Democrat highlighting the 20-Gallon Challenge and why we need to save water this summer. Please feel free to forward this to family and friends and encourage them to take the challenge!