Current Drought Conditions

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Drought Is Still Here. Save Water.

As a region we are experiencing a third consecutive dry year, and rainfall and water storage are well below average for this time of year. Sonoma Water and its partners in the Sonoma Marin Saving Water Partnership encourage all of our 600,000 drinking water customers to continue to save water.

The 2020-2021 water years are equivalent to the driest on record for our area, which occurred in 1976-1977, and now January through March 2022 have been the driest first three months of a calendar year on record. We need everyone to take steps to reduce water use now to extend the current low water supply levels. The beginning and end of dry periods are unpredictable, so taking steps now to save water is the responsible approach to ensure water is available for what may be a longer drought. We have been here before, and we know our community is up to the challenge to save water with us.

Water Level Data

These charts show the changes in our stored water compared to the capacity available. They are updated on a regular basis.

Water Supply level

Drought Tips and Best Practices

During this historic drought, the North Bay region has been working hard to save water. Irrigation accounts for approximately 50 percent of summertime water use. To save water, start by inspecting your irrigation system or broken, clogged or misdirected sprinkler heads. Just one broken sprinkler head could waste up to 25,000 gallons of water between May and October.

Private Well Owners

Worried about your well during the current drought? Rainfall in the region to date is only 12.89 inches, compared to average rainfall of 34 inches. The unprecedented dry conditions affects groundwater resources in multiple ways.