All Californians Need to Save
Water is precious, and there is never enough to waste. Our community worked together to save water during the last drought. Even though we currently have adequate water supply in our reservoirs now, we never know when drought may return.
These water-waste prohibitions apply to all Californians, regardless of water source. These permanent mandatory water restrictions include:
- Irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians;
- Irrigation with potable water outside of newly constructed homes and buildings not in accordance with requirements established in the California Building Standards Code.
- Using potable water to wash sidewalks and driveways;
- Allowing runoff when irrigating with potable water;
- Using hoses with no shutoff nozzles to wash cars;
- Using potable water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water;
- Irrigating outdoors during and within 48 hours following measurable rainfall; and
- Restaurants from serving water to their customers unless the customer requests it.
The programs below are focused on saving water for local businesses:
Everyone can do their part to use water wisely, but some people need a friendly reminder. Use this form to anonymously report water waste occurring in our community.
Save on Water, Energy and Sewer Costs with Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Combined rebates of up to the full purchase price* of qualifying commercial dishwashers, ice machines, steam cookers, pre-rinse spray valves and lavatory faucets.
Does your landscaper know how to keep your landscape looking great while saving your water and money? Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) training is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense approved training program for landscapers that provides an educational foundation based on principals of proper plant selection for the local climate, irrigation system design and maintenance, and irrigation system programming and operation. To learn more about QWEL and to find a QWEL trained landscaper, visit the QWEL website.
Get recognized as a Green Business through the Green Business Program. The program is available to most small and medium sized organizations and includes free onsite assessments and cost-saving recommendations. Green Businesses take measures to conserve water and energy, reduce waste and prevent pollution. Learn more about what it takes to become a Green Business and get recognized as a community leader. Businesses located in Sonoma County can contact their Program Coordinator at (707) 565-6470, firstname.lastname@example.org; Marin County businesses can participate by contacting Dana Armanino at (415) 499-3292 or email@example.com.
Water-Wise Business Consultation
Would you like a FREE onsite water use assessment for your business? Contact us for a Water-Wise Business Consultation.
A representative from Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership will:
- Assess the type of survey to be performed depending on the needs of the business and the business type.
- Review historic water usage records and explain water bill to business contact.
- Read water meter and instruct business contact on how to read their meter for future reference.
- Check fixtures to evaluate their flow rates.
- Do an irrigation assessment to determine a base irrigation schedule and identify areas in need of improvement.
- Provide a report with water use findings and recommendations.
To schedule your Water Smart Business Consultation contact Kris Loomis
at Kris.Loomis@scwa.ca.gov or call (707) 524-1165.
Use a Sonoma County Green Business car wash to save water and prevent water pollution.
If you are a restaurant located in Sonoma County or the Saving Water Partnership’s service area, you can order free “Water Served Upon Request” table cards to encourage your customers to only order water if they want it. Fill out the form below and a member of our staff will review your request, call to confirm the request is legitimate, and ship your order within 5 business days. View sample card.