“The Sebastopol City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to join the City of Cotati in opposing fluoridation of Sonoma County’s drinking water, even if its own water supply would not be directly affected.”
“Over the past 10 years, Sonoma County Water Agency deliveries declined about 20 percent, from 66,500 acre-feet to 54,200 acre-feet, while wholesale and retail water rates have continued climbing to meet the fixed costs of maintaining and operating the water-supply network.
“So we were pleased to hear Water Agency officials pledging on Monday to tap reserves to avoid charging people more for using even less during the current drought.”
“The Sonoma County Water Agency is proposing to use $6.6 million, more than half its reserve fund, to prevent drought-related conservation measures from causing steep rate hikes for more than 600,000 customers in Sonoma and Marin counties.”
“On Sunday, as that furry forecaster Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter, it finally began to feel like the season normally does in Sonoma County. …
“Today, a Sonoma County Water Agency panel is set to vote on a request that all its contractors, including the cities and districts that provide water to 600,000 people, voluntarily cut water use by 20 percent.”
“When West Marin ranchers look out their windows these days, they see another gorgeous summer day in the middle of winter. … ’That darn sun,’ dairyman Bob Giacomini cursed one morning last week, adjusting a patio umbrella to shield federal agricultural official Ann Mills and her entourage from the relentless heat and glare of a cloudless sky.”
“Moving up a decision they planned to make later this spring, the leaders of Silicon Valley’s largest water provider, in the face of the worsening drought, will vote Tuesday on a host of new water conservation policies, including a reduction in water use.”
“Russian Hill has some of the best views in the city – the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the bay itself. And for decades its residents have also had to stare at the ugly, decommissioned Francisco Reservoir.”
From the San Francisco Chronicle, in a commentary by David Sedlak:
“Most Bay Area residents obtain their drinking water from a system of reservoirs, canals and pipes that was built during the first half of the 20th century. In the near future, it is likely that we’ll pump a lot of money into this aging system to adapt it to rising sea levels and changes in rainfall patterns.