Water Awareness Month Kicks Off
For Immediate Release
August 28, 2015
Sonoma Valley Opens Recycled Water Fill Station
for Local Residents to Use in Outdoor Watering
Similar facility on Aviation Boulevard in S.R. coming soon
Sonoma, CA – The Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District will open a residential recycled water fill station near the wastewater treatment plant on Eighth Street East that will provide free recycled water for local residents that can be used to water lawns, gardens and landscaped areas. District officials expect the fill station to be open starting Monday, August 31, 2015.
Initially, the Sonoma Valley fill station will be open Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fill station is located just north of the plant, which is located at 22675 Eighth Street East. Recycled water will be provided to all residents who live in the Sonoma Creek Watershed free of charge.
Plans are also under way for a residential recycled water fill station facility at 404 Aviation Boulevard where recycled water from the Airport Wastewater Treatment Plant will be available on weekends in the Sonoma County Water Agency offices parking lot.
Residents must bring their own sealable containers, with a minimum volume of one gallon and a maximum of 300 gallons. Each resident may receive up to a total of 300 gallons per trip and each of the containers must be appropriately labeled.
“Recycled water is a valuable resource that becomes even more important during this drought,” said Susan Gorin, chair of the Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors. “By making recycled water available to District resident, we can ease the burden on our limited Russian River supplies and our local groundwater. It’s just one more thing we can do together that will help us through this drought. ”
The Sonoma Valley and Airport wastewater treatment facilities produce tertiary treated recycled water that has been used by local agricultural customers for many years. Recycled water is treated to a very high standard and is permitted by the state of California for use on a variety of plants and agricultural crops, including vineyards, fruit trees, vegetables, and herbs.
“We’re doing everything we can to encourage residents to conserve every drop of water during this drought,” said Water Agency Director James Gore. “Recycled water is a key component of our drought toolkit, and will always be available as a source of water for agriculture and other beneficial uses. This is a great program and we hope residents take advantage of it.”
Prior to receiving water, residents are asked to obtain a Residential Recycled Water Fill Station Use Application/Agreement online at www.sonomacountywater.org/SVCSD or pick one up at the fill station. The application/agreement should be completed and reviewed prior to their first visit. Recycled water will be distributed on a drop-in basis. District staff will verify that the Residential Recycled Water Fill Station Use Application/Agreement form has been completed. Each participant will be given a brief training about the use of recycled water.
Recycled water should not be placed in a storage container that is connected to a landscape irrigation system or a drinking water supply. Recycled water is not suitable for drinking or food preparation.
For questions about the Residential Recycled Water Fill Station Program, you may contact Kevin Booker at 521-1865. For additional information about the Sonoma Valley Residential Recycled Water Fill Station, visit www.sonomacountywater.org/SVCSD.
The Sonoma County Water Agency is working to secure our future by investing in our water resources, community and environment. The Water Agency provides water supply, flood protection and sanitation services for portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. Visit us on the Web at www.sonomacountywater.org.
May 5, 2009: (Santa Rosa, CA) The Sonoma County Water Agency marks May as Water awareness Month by conducting its annual Water Awareness Poster Contest, sponsoring the Russian River Watershed Association’s Student Video Contest and cleaning creeks in Sonoma County.
This year’s poster contest, which is conducted in 3rd and 4th grade classes within SCWA’s service area, is themed “We’re planting ideas to save water!” Some of the posters will be used in SCWA’s Water Education Program calendar. All posters may be viewed during the month of May at SCWA’s Public Library, located in the SCWA Administration Office at 404 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa.
SCWA and the Russian River Watershed Association sponsor a video contest for high school students in honor of Water Awareness Month. The focus topic for this year's contest is residential water conservation. Cash awards are split between the students who create the winning video and the high school they attend. The winning videos are then used as public service announcements and as educational outreach materials. Winning videos will be placed on SCWA’s Web site at the end of this month.
On Friday, May 15 about 100 school children from the Expeditionary Learning Program at Mountain Shadows Middle School in Rohnert Park will be working with Sonoma County Supervisor Mike Kerns and Rohnert Park Councilman Jake Mackenzie to weed, plant and clear trash from the banks of Copeland Creek. As part of the program, the students will learn the important role of creek habitat in a healthy watershed. Outreach to school and community groups is an important part of SCWA’s stream maintenance and restoration program.
Water awareness is crucial this year as storage levels in Lake Mendocino remain critically low and water supplies are reduced by 25 percent in Sonoma County and 50 percent in Mendocino County. To help increase water awareness, SCWA is participating in a statewide public education program called Save Our Water urging Californians to do their part to conserve water. The program features a new consumer-oriented Web site, www.saveourH2O.org, with information about the state’s water challenges and tips for saving water indoors and outdoors. Despite recent rains, Lake Mendocino remains at only 60 percent full. Water storage in the state’s major reservoirs also remains low. Lake Oroville, the key reservoir for the State Water Project, is at just 58% of capacity and is projected to drop to record low levels by fall.
Water-related events are planned throughout the state in May as part of Water Awareness Month. More information is available at www.water.ca.gov and www.wateraware.org.
Sonoma County Water Agency provides water supply, flood protection and sanitation services for portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. Visit us on the Web at www.sonomacountywater.org.
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