The Russian River watershed is in a third consecutive year of drought. As a result, water supply levels at Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma remain at historic lows. Sonoma Water and its partners in the Sonoma Marin Saving Water Partnership (SMSWP) urge our community to keep up the great conservation work and effort – water saved now, is water we can use later.
We all need to make changes to our everyday habits to eliminate water waste to preserve water supply. Every drop saved helps maintain water flows in the Russian River and extend reservoir storage levels should the current dry period continue.
The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership has launched a public outreach campaign to encourage water conservation in the North Bay. To support this message, we’ve adopted a regional tag line: "Drought Is Still Here. Save Water." Water is a resource that our community shares, and it is critical that we all protect and conserve this valuable resource.
These are a few of the water-wasting activities that are prohibited year-round in cities in Sonoma and Marin county:
For additional water saving tips and resources, please visit the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership website.
Explore various efforts and initiatives in the timeline below by clicking through the photos and text.
Sonoma Water and the County of Sonoma coordinated seven Drought Town Hall meetings to update the public on the drought emergency.
Experts provided the latest information on drought conditions and answered public questions. Participants received information on the prospects for a fourth year of drought and learned about programs to help private well owners.
To monitor our progress on achieving the 20% river diversion reduction requirement under the June 2022 TUCO (term 12), we’ll be issuing a weekly diversion report. This plot of cumulative diversions continues the same weekly reporting implemented last summer. Below is the current week’s plot of cumulative river diversions starting July 1st, shown in comparison to baseline 2020 diversions over the same time period.
North Bay agencies seek $83 million to expand water recycling amid drought - Press Democrat - May 18, 2022
Sonoma County Water Agency Receives 2022 Excellence in Innovation Award - ACWA - May 05, 2022
Fees, budget give Sonoma Valley groundwater board headaches - Kenwood Press - May 15, 2022
Marin water districts study options for new supply - Marin Independent Journal - May 1, 2022
Looking for past articles? Visit our Drought Articles Archive page.