For more three-quarters of century, the Sonoma Water has worked to ensure that our North Bay customers have the water they need, when they need it. Our job is to make sure that Sonoma Water can make the same claim in 2060. Yet Sonoma Water and its contractors face big challenges, including:
An economic downturn that has impacted residents’ ability and willingness to pay higher water rates.
Aging infrastructure, located in a seismically active region, that will require new projects to increase the reliability of water deliveries.
A federal mandate to change the way we do business in order to help save endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead.
Uncertain water supply conditions including the effects of climate change on both the amount and timing of rainfall.
Sonoma Water and the Water Contractors have already taken some steps to meet these challenges: Individuals are conserving water, the use of recycled water has increased, new sources of water are being explored, and Sonoma Water and its contractors are continually improving operations. These are good steps, but they are not enough – which is why in 2009, Sonoma Water Board of Directors held a workshop that focused on strategies to ensure future water supply and to increase the reliability of regional water.
On September 21, 2010, the Board approved the following nine strategies (outlined in the Water Supply Strategies Action Plan):
Address Dry Creek Summer Flows
Modify Operation Of Russian River System
Evaluate Potential Climate Change Impacts On Water Supply & Flood Protection
Pursue Combined Water Supply & Flood Control Projects
Work With Stakeholders To Promote Sound, Information-Based Water Supply Planning Programs
Improve Transmission System Reliability
Take Advantage of Energy and Water Synergies
Implement Integrated Water Management
Overcome Organizational Fragmentation to Promote Efficiency Of Water System Operations & Planning