Water Conservation

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

Free water conservation kits are available!
Call the Department of Public Works at (707) 961-2823 Ext. 131 to request your water saving devices!

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

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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 that Californians adopt sustainability, embrace new approaches and technology, and work together to Save Our Water for a secure future.  -  California Department of Water Resources

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.  

In an effort to assist with educating Fort Bragg visitors and guests, the City of Fort Bragg is providing local businesses with pre-printed free table tents (while supplies last) that remind visitors that the City, like many communities in California, is experiencing drought conditions and is under mandatory water conservation restrictions.  The first table tent is targeted to restaurant patrons and reminds our visitors that the water used to serve a glass of water, includes the water to wash the glass at a factor of three to four times the contents.  The second table tent is targeted to overnight guests, asking them to please help Fort Bragg save water by incorporating a few easy practices. If your restaurant or lodging establishment would like free pre-printed water conservation table tents, please contact the Department of Public Works at (707) 961-2823, ext. 131 or send a request to waterconservation@fortbragg.com.

Visit the state's Save Our Water webpage for additional conservation data, programs and available rebates. Water Conservation. It's for life.  
How to save water this summer
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City of Fort Braggs' Public Works Analyst, Sandy Arellano, sits 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  July 2021

More information- underway. Thank you for your patience!

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