DROUGHT UPDATE

Historic Drought. Save Water With Us.

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UPDATE AS OF JANUARY 30, 2023:

Water supply in local drinking water reservoirs, Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma, have recovered after reaching historically low levels following three years of severe drought. Based on current water supply conditions, the City of Petaluma is working closely with Sonoma Water and our regional partners to determine outreach, messaging, and projections for this year’s water supply, which will include an evaluation of whether a water shortage emergency is still present.

The City of Petaluma is thankful to our community for working together to achieve water savings during this historic drought and for your continued efforts to use water wisely. Over the last 18 months, Petaluma has reduced water use by 26% and has saved almost 1 billion gallons of water (991 million gallons of water saved), offsetting the need to implement further water-use restrictions.

Recurring droughts due to climate change are a way of life in Petaluma, and so is water conservation. We appreciate our community’s commitment to save water year-round, even when we are not experiencing a drought.  The City of Petaluma offers free water-saving devices, rebates, Water-Wise HouseCalls, resources, and tips year-round to help our community save water. Please take a few moments to review the information below.

If you have questions regarding water conservation, please email [email protected] or call the Water Conservation line at (707) 778-4507.

WATER USE RESTRICTIONS

As of now, our Water Use Restrictions remain in place. Click here to view the full list of restrictions.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For answers to frequently asked questions related to the drought, click here.

REPORT WATER WASTE

We encourage residents to report water waste in their area. Click here to learn more.

OUR WATER SUPPLY

To learn about the City of Petaluma's water supply, as well as how we manage and plan for our community’s water needs, click here.

HOW TO SAVE WATER WITH US

WATER-WISE HOUSECALL

Get free advice on how to save water at home and at work. A water conservation expert will look into water use at your property and advise you how to improve. Learn more here.

MULCH MADNESS

Want to turn your thirsty lawn into a beautiful drought-friendly landscape? Get help through our Mulch Madness program. Our program now runs year-round!

FREE WATER SAVING DEVICES

The City offers complimentary water-saving devices for faucets, hoses, and showers. Click here to read a list of devices and where to find them.

CALCULATE YOUR AVERAGE WATER USE

Did you know that indoor household water needs can typically be met using 25-50 gallons per person per day? Click here to use our Water Use Calculator to gauge your households water use.

LEAK CHECK LIST

In just 10 mins. you can search your home for leaks and reduce water waste. Start with the steps listed HERE, along with the checklist provided to chase down leaks.

HOW TO READ YOUR WATER METER

Learning to read your water meter is important because it can help identify if you have a leak and also allows you to calculate your average water use. Click here to learn more.

REBATES

Learn about special rebates for high-efficiency toilets and clothes washers. You can save gallons of water each day while saving money on new fixtures and appliances. Click here to learn more.

RESOURCES & TIPS

There are so many ways to save water and energy. Check out other programs and informational sites to learn how. Click here to learn more.

SAVE TREES

During this historic drought, we ask that you please prioritize watering the trees around your home instead of your lawn and other plants. Click here to learn more.

QUESTIONS?

Review the frequently asked questions (FAQs) by clicking here or contact our Water Conservation team:

CALL:

707-778-4507

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