The Sonoma County Water Agency
Securing our Future by Investing in our
Water Resources, Environment & Community
The mission of the Sonoma County Water Agency is to effectively manage the water resources in our care for the benefit of people and the environment through resource and environmental stewardship, technical innovation, and responsible fiscal management. View the Water Agency's water policy statement.
The Sonoma County Water Agency is a regional leader in water resources management. The Water Agency strives to look forward, beyond today's issues, to anticipate ways to advance its mission. Additionally, the Water Agency continues to adapt its mission in response to changing opportunities, keeping the Water Agency at the forefront of developments in the water industry.
Solutions and Innovation
We will focus on finding solutions to the water management challenges we face, whether it is in the day-to-day operation of our systems or the development of long-term programs to meet future needs. We will encourage innovation, creativity, and ingenuity, recognizing that the best solutions often have not been tried before.
People and Teamwork
We believe that the Water Agency's most valuable asset is its people. We respect the diversity of our staff and promote teamwork and mutual respect among all sections of the Water Agency. We also believe that a creative and empowered workplace can inspire staff to use their talents and commitment to fulfill the Water Agency's mission.
The Water Agency strives to provide high-quality service to those who rely on our water supply, flood protection, and sanitation services. We also recognize that we are part of a larger community and believe that we should support the ideas of environmental stewardship and sustainability to improve the quality of life for both present and future generations.
Drawing upon the experience of our staff and the needs of our employees, our customers and our community, we will strive to make decisions in a sound and reasonable manner. We believe that our communication with others should be honest and sincere.
It has been the mission of the Water Agency since 1949 to effectively manage the resources in our care for the benefit of people and the environment. With more than two hundred dedicated professionals who work for the Water Agency in a variety of fields ranging from engineering to biology, we strive to look forward, beyond today’s issues, to anticipate ways to advance our mission.
More Than 50 Years of Service:
The Water Agency was created as a special district in 1949 by the California Legislature to provide flood protection and water supply services. Legislation enacted in 1995 added the treatment and disposal of wastewater to the Water Agency's responsibilities.
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors acts as the Water Agency's Board of Directors. The Water Agency is a separate legal entity created by State law, having specific limited purposes and powers, and separate sources of funding. The Water Agency is thus different from County departments, which are created by the Board of Supervisors for administrative purposes, but are not separate legal entities.
We are proud to provide an array of services including, but not limited to, naturally filtered drinking water, flood protection services, distribution of recycled water, recreational opportunities and wastewater treatment.
We manage and maintain a water transmission system that provides naturally filtered Russian River water to nine cities and special districts that in turn delivers drinking water to more than 600,000 residents in portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. You receive your drinking water and water bill from your local city or water district. We provide drinking water to the following cities and special districts:
- City of Cotati
- Marin Municipal Water District
- North Marin Water District
- City of Petaluma
- City of Rohnert Park
- City of Santa Rosa
- City of Sonoma
- Valley of the Moon Water District
- Town of Windsor
In 1995 we assumed responsibility from the County of Sonoma for managing the county sanitation zones and districts, which provide wastewater collection and treatment, and recycled water distribution and disposal services for approximately 22,000 residences and businesses. The zones include Airport/Larkfield/Wikiup, Geyserville, Penngrove and Sea Ranch. The sanitation districts include the Occidental, Russian River, Sonoma Valley, and South Park County Sanitation Districts.
Providing flood protection for our community is important. Over the years we have partnered with federal agencies to help build and manage a variety of flood protection projects, including Warm Springs Dam, Spring Lake, Coyote Valley Dam, Matanzas Creek Reservoir, Piner Creek Reservoir, Brush Creek Middle Fork Reservoir and Spring Creek Reservoir. We also manage a proactive stream maintenance program that maintains more than 80 miles of creeks throughout our service area.
We partner with local water suppliers to provide water conservation programs that help save water by using it more effectively and efficiently.
Since 1974 we have provided environmental services related to our compliance with environmental laws and regulations. Our environmental staff works to improve the native fish resources of the Russian River and its tributaries by conducting and coordinating fishery enhancement projects.
Ensuring transparency and communications with our community is a priority for the Water Agency. The Public Affairs Department manages the public outreach and information, governmental affairs, water education and water conservation functions for the Water Agency. Public Affairs staff are available to meet with our community to discuss Water Agency projects and initiatives.
ISO 9001 and 14001 Certification
The International Organization of Standardization (ISO) is a framework to ensure that an organization is operating at the highest level of quality and efficiency. ISO 9001 defines a quality management system which trains an organization to work at a high level of efficiency, replicability and documentation. ISO 14001 defines an environmental management standard to ensure environmental aspects of an organization are defined and held to a high standard. ISO certified organizations are among the most well run in the world and rate-payers can be proud of the Agency’s efforts to achieve this certification. The Agency has implemented the ISO 9001 and 14001 standards into an integrated environmental and quality management system and continuously evaluates our success and improvements. Certification in ISO standards is a continuous process defined on the ISO website. For more information, visit the International Organization of Standardization website.