Water Conservation


Progress on Stage II Water Con

On Monday, July 12, 2021, the City Council unanimously passed a Resolution ratifying a Water Warning which implements mandatory Stage 2 water conservation restrictions targeting a 10-20% reduction in seasonal water use. The declaration of the Stage 2 Water Warning followed a significant decrease in the Noyo River flows, which provides a good portion of the City’s water during late summer and early fall.

We would like to acknowledge the efforts of our residents, businesses and public partners, who since Tuesday have reduced water usage to the lowest level the City has recorded in several months. Please continue to support our community with your ongoing conservation efforts. A full list of Stage 2 Water Restrictions is available below along with additional ways to conserve water.

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Californians have made great progress in recent years embracing wise water use as a daily habit however, our state's water future remains uncertain due to precipitation variability and a changing climate. It is more critical than ever that Californians adopt sustainability, embrace new approaches and technology, and work together to Save Our Water for a secure future.
The City's Water Sources

The City of Fort Bragg’s staff closely monitors their water supply system as it relies solely on three surface water sources: Waterfall Gulch (tributary to Hare Creek), Newman Gulch (tributary to Noyo River), and the Noyo River (diversion is at Madsen Hole) (charted below). In 2015, the City’s water supply system could only store small amounts of water that provided enough to maintain proper water system pressure and to provide a safety margin for fire-fighting flows. Five years later, the City has made great progress with water storage by including an additional 1.5 million gallon finished water storage tank and the Summers Lane Reservoir with a raw water capacity of 14.7 million gallons. This brings our total water storage capacity to 22.6 million gallons. During the winter and spring, pumping of the Noyo River is used only to supplement the Waterfall Gulch and Newman Gulch sources. The two tributary sources generally provide a higher quality of raw water as they gravity-feed to the water treatment plant, whereas water from the City’s Noyo River diversion must be pumped. As summer progresses and the flows in the tributary streams diminish, the Noyo River diversion is used more frequently and in greater quantities. By making small reductions in our water usage today, we may avoid a higher level Water Emergency later.    

​Save Our Water - Pledge to Protect Every Drop! 

The City of Fort Bragg is committed to partnering with our residents and local businesses on water saving technology and equipment to better utilize our water supply. Staff will continue to monitor water flow operations attentively, day-to-day, to prepare and implement future water emergencies as needed. We encourage all city residents and water customers to continue to conserve water. Share your water conservation tips with your community by sending them to waterconservation@fortbragg.com. They will be published on this websites "WaterTips". Report water wasting! Contact the Department of Public Works at (707) 961-2823 or email waterconservation@fortbragg.com to report water wasting.  

Visit the states Save Our Water webpage for additional conservation data, programs and available rebates by clicking on the Save our Water link below. 
Water Conservation. It's for life. 

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Good to know information... : 

The City of Fort Bragg Water Department tracks water sources and water production on a daily basis. 

A water emergency is declared when the difference between water supply and water production (use) decreases below 10%.

Would you like to share your water conservation tips with your community? Send them by sending an email to waterconservation@fortbragg.com

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City of Fort Braggs' Public Works Director,  John Smith, and City Operations Manager, Heath Daniels, sit with Council Member Lindy Peters on Channel 3's local show "What's Goin' On", for a one-on-one regarding the City's water situation. 

Click on the video to watch now. 

Recorded August 28, 2020

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