Working to Secure Our Water Future
Sonoma County Water Agency Principal Engineer Kevin Booker works with recycled water customers, such as vineyard manager Jim Lincoln, to make the best use of this valuable resource and protect our groundwater and drinking water supplies - another way we are working to secure our water future.
Recycled water is one of the few sources of new water. The Sonoma County Water Agency produces and reuses highly treated recycled water for a variety of beneficial uses, such as habitat restoration, landscaping, parks, and agriculture. Reusing wastewater conserves our precious drinking water and protects groundwater levels.
Water agency Hydrogeologist Marcus Trotta works with stakeholders, property owners and researchers such as Dr. Lisa Micheli, President and CEO of Pepperwood Preserve, as part of a program to monitor rainfall patterns and soil moisture using weather sensors in various groundwater basins. This data will improve our understanding of the relationship between surface water and groundwater. This is another way we are working to secure our water future.
While groundwater may be out of sight, it is never out of mind for water managerst. The Sonoma County Water Agency collaborates with numerous government and non-profit organizations to monitor and conserve our groundwater resources. Water stored in underground aquifers and springs is always a valuable resource.
Sonoma County Water Agency Assistant General Manager Pam Jeane works closely with officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - such as Mike Dillabough, Chief of the Operations and Readiness Division for the San Francisco District and Joel Miller, Supervisory Park Ranger at Lake Sonoma - to coordinate releases from our reservoirs to maximize water storage.
The Sonoma County Water Agency is committed to providing safe and reliable drinking water for more than 600,000 people in Sonoma and Marin counties. We carefully manage the operations of our two regional water supply reservoirs - Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino - in conjunction with our partners, to use every drop of water as efficiently as possible.
Sonoma County Water Agency Mechanic Jason Wright works closely with staff from other cities - such as the City of Sonoma’s Public Works Director Dan Takasugi - to ensure customers are being served. Jason is one of the many Water Agency employees dedicated to maintaining a reliable water system so your water will be there now - and in the future.
The Sonoma County Water Agency operates and maintains 108 miles of underground aqueducts that deliver water to more than 600,000 people in portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. Our Operations and Maintenance staff work hard to make sure that the pipelines, pump stations, and storage tanks that make up the water delivery system function properly and deliver the high-quality drinking water from the Russian River water supply system to our customers.
Sonoma County Water Agency Chief Engineer Jay Jasperse works closely with scientists and researchers, such as Marty Ralph, Director, Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes at UC San Diego. Their research will help us plan for climate change and prepare for extreme weather events making sure our water supply is safe and reliable.
Nearly half of the rainfall our region receives comes from bands of very humid air with strong winds called atmospheric rivers. Unfortunately, when these events don't reach our area in the winter, droughts can occur. The Water Agency is partnering with scientists on research into weather forecasting to better predict atmospheric rivers. This will allow planners to improve reservoir operations by storing more water for when we need it and to better prepare for drought.
What You Can Do
Visit www.wateroff.org to see what water saving tools are available to help save water today.