Water Emergency Declaration
At the August 31st Special City Council Meeting, the Fort Bragg City Council unanimously passed a Resolution declaring a Water Emergency and implementing mandatory Stage 2 water conservation measures. Stage 2 water conservation measures target a 20% reduction in water use for this time of year. The Emergency Water Declaration follows a request on August 10th by the City Council that residents and businesses voluntarily comply with Stage 1 Water Conservation Measures.In order to meet the 20% water use reduction goal, Stage 2 Water Conservation Measures prohibit use of a water hose without a shut-off nozzle, washing of driveways, sidewalks, or building exteriors. Irrigation is prohibited for lawn or aesthetic landscaping. Irrigation for gardens and agriculture is only allowed between 6pm and 10am and cannot occur within 48 hours of rainfall. Restaurants may only serve water upon request and hotels must encourage guest to forgo daily linen service. Leaks must be repaired as soon as possible, but no later than 5 days after notification by the City. Violation of the Stage 2 Water Conservation Measures are subject to fines in accordance with the City of Fort Bragg 2020-2021 Fee Schedule.
City staff closely monitors the Noyo River flow (Charted below) as well as the additional two of the City’s water sources: Waterfall Gulch and Newman Gulch. 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, and, 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. During June and into early July, flows in the Noyo River remained above drought year conditions, however, mid-July and into August, the flows dropped faster than any other summer on record, surpassing the 2015 and 1977 low flows. Staff expects flows to continue to decrease through September and into October, prompting the Water Emergency Declaration.
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Water Supply Data
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%.
The Noyo River Water supply reports and Flow Chart are updated weekly and may be found on the right legend of this page under "Water Supply Data".
"Recent" and "Historical" water supply data may be found by navigating the slides below.
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City of Fort Braggs' Public Works Director, John Smith, and Lead Water Operator, 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.
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Conserve Water and SAVE $!
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has a rebate programs available, click on the Save Our Water link above or visit the California Department of Water Resources at https://water.ca.gov/Programs for more information!
¡Conserve agua y AHORRE $!
El Departamento de Recursos Hídricos (DWR) tiene programas de reembolso disponibles, haga clic en el enlace Ahorre Nuestra Agua de abajo o visite el Departamento de Recursos de Agua de California en https://water.ca.gov/Programs para obtener más información.
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