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Free water-saving kit from Sonoma Water

Free water-saving kit from Sonoma Water

Pick up your kit on the Sonoma Plaza Aug. 21

Water customers throughout the North Bay can pick up a free water-saving kit during a three-county “Drought Drop By” event on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 8 a.m. to noon. Sonoma Water and its partners in the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership encourage all water users in the Russian River watershed to save water.

Every drop saved helps maintain water flows in the Russian River and extends reservoir storage levels.

“These free water-saving tools in our community’s hands will not just increase water conservation, but raise awareness of the severity of this drought,” said Sonoma Water Director and Second District Supervisor David Rabbitt. “We all need to take action now by eliminating water waste and adopting water-smart habits. We can all take shorter showers, reducing irrigation, and achieve permanent savings by installing water efficient devices.” The Russian River watershed is in a historic drought. The region has experienced the third driest water year on record over the last 127 years. Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino water supply levels have reached historically low levels. Without additional rainfall, it is critical that aggressive water saving by our communities occurs now. The Water Advisory Committee (WAC) of the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors have adopted a resolution calling for 20% voluntary water conservation. Directors of the Marin Municipal Water District have adopted mandatory restrictions aimed at achieving 40% water use reductions. To help Sonoma Valley residents do their part to conserve water; the free water-saving kits include:

-A bucket to catch water for reuse

-A WaterSense low-flow showerhead

-A 5-minute shower timer

-A WaterSense low-flow faucet

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-Toilet dye test tablets

-A self-closing garden hose

nozzle Free drought toolkits will be distributed to participants who drop by the plaza on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Limit one kit per household.

Keeping everyone’s health and safety in mind, COVID-19 safety protocols will be in effect. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols. Participants should remain in their vehicles if they drive to the event and stay 6 feet apart if they arrive on foot or bicycle.

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