ARE WE OFFICIALLY IN A DROUGHT?

Yes. In April 2021, both Governor Newsom and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors declared a drought emergency in Sonoma County. The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) reported that 95% of California is experiencing moderate to exceptional drought conditions and has called upon all water users to begin saving water.

On Sept. 13, 2021, our City Council passed a resolution proclaiming a Local Drought Emergency in Petaluma. This proclamation empowers the City to access resources that would not otherwise be available to help address the current extreme drought conditions, access help from outside agencies, and open us to reimbursement for emergency costs.

To promote water conservation, the SWRCB approved emergency regulations that were enacted statewide beginning January 18, 2022. The emergency regulations will be in effect for one year and include prohibitions on potable water use such as washing impervious areas and  decorative  fountains, lakes, or ponds.
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