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

Need to know more about the Russian River, our water source?
If you want to educate yourself, a good place to start is with the group, Russian River Watershed Protection Committee (RRWPC,

Here are issues they have been and are working on:
(written by Brenda Adelman, RRWPC Chair, April 2012)

RRWPC has taken the lead on the low flow issue and the Estuary Project. We have filed a lawsuit on the latter because while it is directly connected to low flow, the Water Agency has chosen to divide the two projects in such a way that they avoid looking at water quality issues to result from low flow in the lower part of the river.

We stopped Santa Rosa's proposed sewer outflow at Steelhead Beach where they wanted to discharge up to 60 million gallons a day of treated waste.

We fought Santa Rosa's plans for 25 years to increase discharges into the Russian River. It is partly because of our work that they built the Geysers pipeline.

We have been fighting plans to regionalize the Russian River County Sanitation District without a growth Master Plan for the lower river.

We were part of an effort to force the Sonoma County Water Agency to have their contractors make much greater efforts to conserve water.

We were mainly responsible for getting the Laguna listed as impaired for phosphorus and we are working to get a similar listing for the lower river on nutrients and Ludwigia.

We have been working to raise consciousness on the issue of Endocrine Disrupting chemicals and the great harm they cause to humans and wildlife.

We are currently fighting a new proposed Assembly Bill that would downgrade irrigation practices and legalize "toilet to tap" use of wastewater. Look for articles on this and other issues, on the site (Click on: Go to: River Issues>Articles).

More Resources
California Department of Water Resources
Manages water resources of California in cooperation with other agencies.

Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water
This federal agency develops drinking water regulations and standards for adoption of the state. Jurisdiction for enforcement is delegated to the California Department of Health Services.

North Coast Regional Water Quality
This state agency, under the California Water Resources Control Board, develops regulations to protect water quality in streams and rivers. The staff oversees point (treatment plant discharges) and non-point (septic and percolation systems) wastewater discharges. The water board delegated control of septic systems to local environmental health departments.

County of Sonoma Public Health
The county health department oversees the smaller water systems in the county. Most of the systems have fewer than 15 service connections.

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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