As you are probably aware, there are several wildfires burning in Sonoma County and as your water provider we are urging all of our customers to take immediate water conservation steps.
This is an emergency situation: The largest of these wildfires could threaten the source of our water that comes from the Russian River. The more water we can store for domestic and firefighting purposes, the better prepared we will be during this emergency.
For that reason, we are urging the following steps be taken immediately:
- Turn off all outdoor water for irrigation (Irrigation accounts for a large portion of water usage in summer)
- Reduce indoor water use as much as possible (Take fewer and shorter showers, flush toilets only for solids, postpone laundry washing, wait to run the dishwasher until it’s full)
- Postpone washing of vehicles and other outdoor water uses
- Turn off auto-fill valves to pools, spas, decorative fountains and ponds, or delay adding water manually
- Set water softening systems to bypass auto-regeneration cycles for the duration of the emergency
- Use a bucket to catch and reuse water when washing fruits and vegetables and when waiting for hot water from faucets, showers, and tubs. Use for watering potted or in-ground plants inside or outside your home, or for toilet flushing by pouring into the toilet bowl.
Now, more than ever, our water is precious. Help us conserve every drop!
For more information, visit Sonomawater.org/fire.
To find out more about Sonoma Water’s system, visit www.sonomawater.org/water-supply