Free workshop teaches the basics of drip irrigation

Price to save water

Taxpayers in a multitude of Sonoma County communities have a new incentive to conserve water: Cutting could mean a big price.

Eligible residents only need to complete and submit an online form showing how they plan to reduce their water use and they will be entered into a raffle to win a high efficiency washing machine or toilet, controller irrigation system or a water monitor, a rainwater catchment system or a gift certificate for a car wash that recycles wash water.

Cotati Mayor Susan Harvey, who chairs the water advisory committee that oversees the partnership, said in a press release: “We are facing an unprecedented drought in the Russian River watershed, and c It’s a great way for residents to get involved and find out how they can save water, right now. We want everyone to understand how severe this drought is and to take up the challenge of saving as much water as possible. “

The Russian River watershed suffers from a historic drought; this is the third driest year of water on record in the past 127 years. Water supply levels for Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino have reached historic lows.

Sonoma Water’s Water Advisory Committee and Sonoma County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution calling for voluntary 20% water conservation, and the state ordered Sonoma Water to reduce its diversions of water. the Russian river. The city of Santa Rosa has imposed a mandatory 20% reduction in water consumption. In Healdsburg, the restrictions are even more severe with individuals allowed to consume only 75 gallons per day. Automatic watering and drip irrigation are prohibited.

Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership represents 13 water utilities in Sonoma and Marin counties who have come together to provide a regional approach to water use efficiency. The draw is open to residents of Sonoma County who are at least 18 years of age who live in Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Sonoma, Cotati, Healdsburg, Cloverdale, North Marin and Windsor and to taxpayers in the Districts of Valley of the Moon and California American Water (Larkfield and Sonoma Water).

To participate, visit The site also includes 31 home and garden water saving tips and ways to access information on consumer discounts.

Learn the basics of drip irrigation

Drip irrigation is the most efficient way to irrigate your landscape. Learn why and what equipment to use at a free workshop on July 13 hosted by the City of Santa Rosa and the Daily Acts of Petaluma.

The workshop will cover how to improve water use efficiency through drip irrigation, how to adapt existing overhead sprinklers to drip irrigation, how to take advantage of the efficiency discount of Santa Rosa Irrigation and how to use different types of irrigation devices.

The workshop will be led by Oscar Lucario, a landscaper and land manager who has practiced sustainable maintenance for over 20 years in Marin and Sonoma counties. He worked in home gardens as well as in food production farms and land reserves. 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Registration is required to receive the link.

You can contact editor Meg McConahey at 707-521-5204 or [email protected] On Twitter @megmcconahey.

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