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Sonoma City Council will seek 15 percent water cut

The Sonoma City Council is expected to approve a resolution Monday night calling for a voluntary reduction of water use by 15 percent.

The voluntary reduction would follow declaration of a Stage 1 water shortage alert, as set forth in the city’s municipal code. Most of the other water contractors dependent on Russian River water from the Sonoma County Water Agency are reportedly making similar plans to take effect in February.

City water customers will be expected to take the following steps under a Stage 1 declaration:

• Apply irrigation water only during the evening and early morning hours to reduce evaporation losses.

• Inspect all irrigation systems, repair leaks, and adjust spray heads to provide optimum coverage and eliminate avoidable over-spray.

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