NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING GROUNDWATER IN SONOMA VALLEY AND FUTURE FORMATION OF A GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY AGENCY
On May 5, 2015, at 6:45 PM, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, in the Board Meeting Room, 19039 Bay Street, El Verano, California, the Board of Directors (Board) of the Valley of the Moon Water District (District) will conduct a public hearing regarding groundwater in Sonoma Valley and Future Formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency.
Public hearing notice:
Groundwater and Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
For more information on groundwater:
VOMWD Groundwater Information
VOMWD Addresses the Governor's Executive Order and State Water Resources Control Board's Emergency Conservation Regulations
Press Release: April 8, 2015
On April 7, 2015 the Valley of the Moon Water District Board of Director’s took action in response to the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB)continuation and adoption of additional emergency conservation regulations (dated March 27th) and the Governor’s executive order for additional statewide conservation (dated April 1st).
- Extension of Stage 2 Mandatory Conservation through February 28, 2016.
- Limit the number of irrigation days per week to 3 days or less.
- Encourage rural residential, agriculture, golf courses, State and County parks and all other groundwater users in the Sonoma Valley to conserve water.
Due to VOMWD’s long standing commitment to conservation our customers will need to conserve 20% compared to 2013. The SWRCB is in the process of adopting a sliding scale approach to reach the Governor’s 25% mandatory conservation meaning other areas in the State that have higher consumption per person will need to conserve more than 20%.
The following is a list of current restrictions and prohibitions effective immediately (ending February 28, 2016).
- Irrigating no more than 3 days per week
- Irrigation is limited to the hours between 8pm and 6am
- No irrigation water may run off or over-sprays the irrigated area
- Leaks that are known to the customer must be repaired
- Use of a garden or utility hose without a hose-end shut-off nozzle is prohibited
- No service of water in restaurants except upon request
- No use of potable water for street washing
- Washing sidewalks, patios, driveways and other hardscapes unless for public health is prohibited
- Recycled water must be used for construction dust control
VOMWD would like to thank our customers for their continued conservation efforts. Many customers have already done their part and are expected to remain efficient and diligent. It is the customers that have not yet taken action or that can do more to eliminate waste that need to act now. An efficient home should use no more than 59 gallons per person per day plus 4,500 gallons per month for irrigation water (family of two = 8,000 gallons per month in summer; 3,500 gallons per month in winter; family of four = 11,500 gallons per month in summer and 7,000 gallons per month in winter). Although our local water supplies are in slightly better condition this year we support the Governor’s approach that we are all Californians and we will get through this drought together. Taking that mindset locally, we are Sonoma Valley and together, as a community, we will get through this drought.Water conserved this year will remain in the reservoirs and help extend our water supply should this drought persist into a 5th year.
To stay in contact and update with VOMWD activities and the current water shortage like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vomwd.
Proposition 218 Notification
Valley of the Moon Water District Board of Directors is considering a water rate restructure. In compliance with Proposition 218, the District has notified all District customers regarding this proposed rate restructure. District customers will have 45 days to submit a protest letter to the District. Please click on the link below for detailed information on how VOMWD budgets and rates are determined, the proposed rate restructure and a cost comparison between VOMWD and 16 other local water retailers.
There's a drought on. Turn the water off.
VOMWD is a member of the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership. This year due to multiple dry years and the extremely dry fall and winter the Partnership launched a conservation campaign called: "There's a drought on. Turn the water off." For additional information visit www.wateroff.org and for current drought updates, like VOMWD on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VOMWD.
OnLine Bill Payment
Pay your bills online with VOMWD Online Utility Billing. Safe, secure and free 24-hour access to your account. Your bimonthly VOMWD water bill payment amount is transferred from your checking account, or credit card, directly to the VOMWD. With VOMWD Online Utility Billing, your water bill can be paid on the due date automatically. You will no longer have to worry about mailing your payments or about not being able to pay your bills while you are out of town. Enrollment is easy.
If you are a District customer and would like to make an online payment, click here.
- This service is free when paying by check (coming directly from your checking account). There is a nominal charge for using a credit card or debit card. The credit card fees can vary depending on the rate negotiated with the credit card companies. The customer will see the amount of fees, if applicable, before selecting the final submit button. The online bill pay program accepts both MasterCard and Visa.
- Customers can opt for e-bill while registering for online bill payment or at any time. Customers have the choice to opt back for paper bills, if they wish to do so.
- If you need assistance with the online bill pay process, please call us at 707 996-1037.
- If you have any suggestions on how to improve the online bill pay process, we would love to here from you. Please call the District at 707-996-1037. Every effort would be made to incorporate your suggestions if possible or feasible.