Another “drought deposit” for water saving kits
North Bay water patrons will be able to pick up a free water saving kit at a “Drought Drop By” event in two counties on Saturday, October 9 from 8 am to noon. This time, customers can pick up their kits at Sonoma Valley High School, as well as at the Moon Valley District offices in El Verano.
“These free tools for saving water in the hands of our community will not only increase water conservation, but will also raise awareness of the severity of this drought,” said David Rabbitt, Director of Water of Sonoma and Supervisor of the Second District. “We all need to act now by eliminating wasted water and adopting smart water consumption habits. We can all take shorter showers, reduce irrigation, and save money all the time by installing water efficient devices.
Free drought toolkits will be distributed to participants who will go on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Limit of one kit per household. Kits include:
• Bucket to collect water for reuse
• Low flow showerhead labeled WaterSense
• a 5-minute shower timer
• WaterSense labeled low flow faucet aerator
• Toilet tincture test tablets
• Self-closing garden hose nozzle
Two drop-off events in the Sonoma Valley are scheduled from 8 am to noon on October 9, in the Moon Valley District, 19039 Bay Street, El Verano; and Sonoma Valley High School (participation by bus), 20,000 Broadway, Sonoma.
Other events will take place elsewhere in Santa Rosa and Novato on the same day; see savewaterpartnership.org/dropby for details.
Well owners in Petaluma Valley, Santa Rosa Plain, and Sonoma Valley are also eligible to purchase water saving kits, thanks to event contributions from the Groundwater Sustainability Agencies of Petaluma Valley, Santa Rosa Plain and Sonoma Valley.
Two similar drought events occurred earlier this summer. Since then, concerns about limited water resources have grown, so another round of drought raids have been planned.
“Sonoma Water and its partners in the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership encourage all water users in the Russian River watershed to conserve water,” read the announcement of the drop-off events. “Every drop saved helps maintain water flows in the Russian River and increases reservoir storage levels. “
With everyone’s health and safety in mind, COVID security protocols will be in effect. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols. Participants must stay in their vehicle if driving to the event and stay within 6 feet of each other if arriving on foot or by bicycle.