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City council, water agency asking for conservation

The Sonoma City Council and the Sonoma County Water Agency are asking for voluntary water conservation as water becomes more precious in the wake of one of the most severe statewide droughts, marking the region’s first wintertime conservation effort.

Monday, water agency General Manager Grant Davis called on residents in the areas the agency serves – the cities of Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Sonoma, Cotati, the Town of Windsor, and the Valley of the Moon, North Marin and Marin Municipal water districts – asking for a 20-percent reduction in water use.

At Monday night’s city council meeting, councilmembers were slated to hear a proposal for a voluntary 15-percent citywide water reduction, City Engineer and Director of Public Works Dan Takasugi told the Index-Tribune last week.

Both the water agency’s and the city’s requests come after Gov. Jerry Brown asked California residents for a 20-percent voluntary water use reduction in his January emergency drought declaration.

“A voluntary 20-percent reduction will save 3 billion gallons of water this year,” Davis said, also indicating SCWA’s finance team will factor the reduction into the upcoming year’s budget, since water sales will decline.

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