Water Conservation

Drought is Here. Save Water.

Our region is in an extreme drought: We received 38 percent of average rainfall the last two winters and our reservoirs are at dangerously low levels. On July 21, 2021, the Windsor Town Council adopted a resolution that mandates a 20 percent water use reduction for all residents, businesses, City facilities, and schools.

This resolution supersedes the voluntary water restriction put in place earlier this year and complies with the State Water Resources Control Board order requiring a 20 percent reduction in diversions from the Russian River. 

Current Watering Schedule and Restrictions

New Restricted Watering Schedule

  • Reduce outdoor irrigation: The Town recently enacted these outdoor watering restrictions -- remember that the overall goal is to use LESS water:
    • Residents west of Highway 101 should only irrigate on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, 7 PM - 7 AM.
    • Residents east of Highway 101 should only irrigate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 7 PM - 7 AM.

Level 2 Water Shortage Restrictions

  • When washing hard or paved surfaces, a hose with an automatic shut off device, or a low-volume high pressure cleaning machine that recycles used water must be used. 
  • Watering vegetated areas in a manner that causes excessive water flow or runoff onto an adjoining sidewalk, driveway, street, alley, gutter, or ditch is prohibited. 
  • Water leak repairs are to be completed within 72 hours.
  • Automatic shut off nozzles must be used on hoses when washing vehicles.
  • Decorative fountains must recirculate water
  • Irrigation of landscape with an automatic sprinkler system is prohibited between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Hand watering using a container or a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle is allowed during these hours.
  • Irrigation of landscape with an automatic sprinkler system is limited to three days per week for residents and businesses.  
  • Restaurants may only serve water upon request. 
  • Hotel and lodging establishments must offer guests the chance to opt out of daily linen service. 

Report leaks or water waste in your neighborhood. Call (707) 838-1004 or fill out this form to report: Water Waste Reporting Form

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Track Your Water Use with WaterSmart

The Town of Windsor is excited to introduce WaterSmart, the Town's new portal to help you better manage your water use and bill. By registering, you can view current and past water consumption, receive leak alerts, notifications and helpful water-saving tips. 

For more information, watch the video below or click on the WaterSmart link to the Welcome page. For questions or if you need support, please call Utility Billing at 707-838-1004.

Lake Sonoma at Yorty Creek in April 2021

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Resources
  • Water Supply Conditions: Please go here to see water levels in Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma. Click here.
  • Public Review Draft of the Urban Water Management Plan and Shortage Contingency Plan - Draft UWMP, July 2021
Contact Us
To reach out to Water Conservation staff, please email us at: wc@townofwindsor.com.