Sonoma Water E-News | August 2021
Save the Date! Free Water-Saving Kits at Drought Drop By Event August 21st, 2021, 8am-12pm at various locations 
Sonoma Water and its partners in the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership encourage all of our 600,000 water customers to continue to save water during this historic drought. The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership will give away thousands of water-saving kits during a Drought Drop By event on August 21 throughout a three-county region.
 
Free drought toolkits— including water reuse buckets with high-efficiency showerheads, faucet aerators, digital shower timers, leak detection tools, and informational handouts — will be distributed to participants who drop by on a first-come, first serve basis.

 All locations are outdoors with drive-through curbside and walk-up pickup available.
At this outdoor event, local COVID-19 safety protocols will be in effect. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols. A complete list of locations and details are avialable about the Sonoma-Maring Saving Water Partnership https://www.savingwaterpartnership.org/dropby
Water Supply Update: Drought is Here. Save Water 
View a Drought update from Sonoma Water General Manager Grant Davis and Supervisor James Gore.
 
We tackle our challenges head-on and will overcome this drought together by using water wisely & efficiently. It is critical that aggressive water saving by our communities occurs right now. Two years of low rainfall have left Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino at historically low levels. Every drop of water saved helps maintain flows in the Russian River and maintains storage in reservoirs.
 
Sonoma Water is publishing a water supply graphic (below) weekly, to provide a snapshot of the rainfall and water storage for our two main reservoirs, Lake Sonoma, and Lake Mendocino. Stay informed about Current Water Supply Conditions, 2021 Drought Updates, Actions, and Information. For more drought information, visit sonomawater.org/drought
Tune in to “Water Saving Voices From Our Community” video series 
The Sonoma Marin Saving Water Partnership is launching a new series of videos of local community members sharing water saving tips and best water-use efficiency practices. 

On behalf of the Partnership, Sonoma Water will feature one video per week beginning next week on Sonoma Water’s social media (below.) Tune in each week to get some ideas for water conservation indoors and outdoors.

Water is a resource that our community shares, and it is critical that we all protect and conserve this valuable resource. Drought is here, make changes to everyday habits by eliminating water waste and reducing water use for big water savings.

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Preparing for Natural Disasters: Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District (SVCSD) Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
Hazard mitigation planning reduces loss of life and property by minimizing the impact of disasters. A Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) forms the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. It begins with local public agencies identifying natural disaster risks and vulnerabilities that are common in their area. After identifying these risks, they develop long-term strategies to protect people and property from similar events. Mitigation plans are key to breaking the cycle of disaster damage and reconstruction.
 
The Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District Local Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved by FEMA on September 13, 2016 for a period of five years. The District is currently updating its LHMP and a draft plan will be available for public review in September. The approval of this plan ensures the Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District's continued eligibility for project grants under FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs and Flood Mitigation Assistance Program.

Prior to September 13, 2021, the District will review and revise its plan to reflect changes in development, progress in local mitigation efforts, and changes in priorities, and resubmit it for approval in order to continue to be eligible for mitigation project grant funding.

Rainfall and Water Storage Update
 
Current water supply conditions as of 8/10/2021:   
    
Lake Mendocino Target Water Supply Curve: 77,047 acre-feet   
Current Storage: 22,946 acre-feet (29.78% of Target Water Supply Curve)   
    
Lake Sonoma Target Storage
Curve: 245,000 acre-feet
Current Storage: 120,184 acre-feet (49.05% of Water Supply Pool)   
    
Current rainfall conditions (10/1/20 – 8/9/21)   
    
Ukiah:   
Average (1894-2020 water years): 36.54”   
Current Water Year: 12.53” which is 34.29% of average   
    
Santa Rosa:   
Average (1950-2020 water years): 30.26"   
Current Water Year: 12.86” which is 42.5% of average  
Upcoming Events

The Board normally holds its regular meetings on Tuesdays, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and will be facilitated virtually through Zoom and at Board of Supervisors Chambers (BSC) 575 Administration Drive 102A.

•August 17, 2021, virtual & BSC
•August 23, 2021, Virtual
Special Closed Session
•August 24, 2021, virtual & BSC
•August 31, 2021, virtual & BSC

Board Agendas: 

Please visit SoCoEmergency.org for additional information and resources

Groundwater Sustainability Agency Board Meetings

Sonoma Valley - September 27, 2021 4:00pm
Petaluma Valley - September 23, 2021 4pm
Santa Rosa Plain - August 12, 2021 1pm

Fact of the Month

Landscaping accounts for about half the water Californians use at home. Showers account for another 18%, while toilets use about 20%. Showering and bathing are the largest indoor uses (27%) of water domestically.
Employment Opportunities

Sonoma Water has job openings for people with a variety of skills and experience.

  • Water Agency Maintenance Worker II (Closes August 24, 2021)
  • Water Agency Plant Operator-in-Training - Extra Help (Closes August 12, 2021)
  • Sonoma Water Programmer/Developer (Continuous)
  • Water Agency Business Systems Analyst - Extra-Help (Continuous)
  • Clerical Team Intern
  • Water and Energy Education Intern
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