Serving Forestville Residents Along the Russian River in Sonoma County, California

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Russian River Utility
7131 Mirabel Road
Forestville, CA 95436
Phone: 707-887-7735
Toll Free: 800-244-5518
Conservation & Sustainability

Russian River DrainThe district’s board believes that investing in efficiency is the best – and the cheapest – path toward both conserving our natural water resources and the district’s long-term economic health. Chasing these goals, the board periodically offers free low-flow toilets to replace older, water-wasting models to reduce water consumption by district customers. (Toilets have been shown to be the single biggest user of water in the average home.)

Since each household served by the district has a private septic system, low-flow toilets, by dramatically reducing the wastewater needing treatment, help to extend the working life of each homeowner’s septic leach field, to the benefit of public health and each connection’s property value.

Free faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads are available to district customers at the office of the district’s system manager, Russian River Utility (7131 Mirabel Road, across from the fire station) in Forestville.

To enable customers to track their water use over time, a notation on each month’s bill allows comparison to the amount of water used during the same period of the prior year.

Using less water more efficiently also has the happy consequence of reducing wear and tear on the district’s pumps, pipelines and valves, extending the working life of the entire, quite-expensive, water system while saving our limited, precious natural water resources.

Drought Podcasts

August 6, 2015 - by Stuff You Should Know

This podcast talks about, among other things, the innovative way Australia is approaching water rights and how there is now a movement afoot to bring it to California.

From the SYSK site's intro:
Droughts can be an inevitable feature of a local climate or a catastrophic result of human meddling. Learn the ins and outs of droughts including the American mother of them all, the Dust Bowl.

How Drought Works

To listen to this podcast, go to: Stuff You Should Know.

Duration: 53:40 minutes
You can download this podcast to your devices.

June 25, 2015 - Fresh Air's Dave Davies on NPR Podcast

From the NPR site's intro:
In 1922, seven Western states — Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming and California — drew up an agreement on how to divide the waters of the Colorado River. But there was one big problem with the plan: They overestimated how much water the river could provide. As a result, each state was promised more water than actually exists.

How A Historical Blunder Helped Create The Water Crisis In The West

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Can't hear the above podcast? Go to: Fresh Air.

News Report: Global Water Supply Video

June 17, 2015 - Broadcast of The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, 9PM week nights) had a segment on the global water supply. Maddow talks with Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, about how the science of "using satellites to detect underground water around the world." This research is "finding startling deficiencies in the global water supply."

New research sounds alarm on global water supply

Duration: 10:58

Can't view the above video? Go to: The Rachel Maddow Show.

Download a list of water conservation tips: RRCWDWaterSavingTips.pdf

On July 23.2011, RRCWD put on a Water Conservation Workshop, presented by Trathen Heckman of Daily Acts. Read a report on the workshop by Sonoma West’s David Abbott: Rethinking Water Use in the Russian River County Water District

Conservation Tips

  Find and repair leaks now

  Install high-efficiency toilets

  Run the dishwasher and washing machine with full loads only

  Install water- and energy-efficient appliances

  Install low-flow showerheads

  Fill the bathtub halfway or less

  Turn water off when brushing teeth or shaving

  Reduce your watering days to once or twice per week

  Plant native or water-wise species

  Inspect and tune up irrigation system monthly

  Irrigate between midnight and 6AM to reduce water loss from evaporation and wind

  Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveway, deck or patio

  Use a bucket and a hose with self-closing nozzle to wash the car or take your car to a carwash that recycles water

  Cover pools and hot tubs to reduce evaporation

See more tips and resources in our Conservation section

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