Water Conservation

Our region has recently experienced a welcomed series of rain events, however our reservoirs are still  low and water restrictions are still in place.  As of January 5, 2022, Lake Sonoma storage is at 61% of water supply capacity and Lake Mendocino is at 49%.  Sonoma Water and the City of Rohnert Park are continuously monitoring the water supply conditions.  For more information about the impacts of low rainfall on our water supply, visit www.sonomawater.org/current-water-supply-levels. 

Although we encourage all water customers to implement everyday water saving practices both inside and outside your home or business as a way of life, we are asking customers to do MORE to reduce water-use due to the present drought conditions.  Every drop saved by our customers helps improve water flows in the Russian River and extend reservoir storage levels should a longer dry period be experienced.  

Rebate Information

The City offers rebates to help residents save water. To download an application please click on the banners or links below or call 707-585-6750 for more information.

Green House Call for Homeowners and Renters - NEW!

Rising Sun Center for Opportunity, a Bay Area non-profit, partners with cities and PG&E Energy Watch Partnerships to deliver the California Youth Energy Services program (CYES). CYES employs local young adults in meaningful, positive work experience where they can make a difference in their community, help the environment, and shape their future success. Youth Energy Specialists work in teams of two to provide neighbors with no-cost Green House Calls. By installing energy and water saving devices in local homes, Rising Sun Energy Center prevents 28 metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year.
Receive an energy and water conservation assessment and installation at no cost. Staff will check homes for efficiency, install equipment, and provide personalized recommendations for further savings. Staff will evaluate all water devices, inspect water pressure, and check for leaks. Residents receive free materials and services that reduce their water consumption. For more information or to be placed on the list to receive a Green House Call, please call (510) 665-1501.

High Efficiency Toilet (HET) Rebate for Residential Customers

Receive up to $150 for the purchase of a new high-efficiency toilet. These HETs flush with 1.28 gallons of water (or less). New toilets must replace toilets that flush 3.5 gallons or more (Pre-1992). Download the application and list of qualifying toilets.

High Efficiency Clothes Washer Rebate for Residential Customers Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership Logo

Receive $75 for the purchase of a new water-saving, front-load washing machine. Download the application and list of qualifying washers. Please note that this program only rebates High-Efficiency Clothes Washers that are listed as Tier 3 on the Consortium for Energy Efficiency’s (CEE) List.

Stage 1 Mandatory Water Conservation Measures

The City of Rohnert Park has initiated Stage 1 of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan which requires customers to reduce water use by 20%.  The following mandatory water conservation measures are in effect:

  • The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff onto adjacent property, non‐irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures is prohibited.
  • The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle is prohibited, except where the hose is fitted with a shut‐off nozzle.
  • The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks is prohibited except when necessary to protect human health and safety.
  • The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature is prohibited, except where the water is part of a recirculating system.
  • The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall is prohibited
  • Drinking water will be served only upon request at eating or drinking establishments.
  • The operators of hotels and motels shall provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily.
  • Irrigation is limited to hours of 8:00 pm to 6:00 am.
  • All new construction shall comply with the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance and the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development requirements for irrigation systems.
  • Nonpotable water shall be used for construction purposes wherever feasible.


The City of Rohnert Park is committed to water conservation. City staff is here to help our residents and businesses conserve water and reduce the discharge of wastewater through a variety of programs, services, tools, tips and rebates. 

Report a Leak or Water Waste

To report a leak or water waste please call 707-588-3343 or click here. Please provide the date, time, street address and a brief description of the occurrence.

More Information and Resources

Free Mulch Program

Rohnert Park is offering FREE mulch to residents.  Our mulch pile is located in the Callinan Sports Center parking lot, at 5405 Snyder Lane.  Self-service only so bring your shovel and load up as much as you want!

Cash 4 Grass

The City of Rohnert Park is offering residents a cash rebate of $1 per square foot of turf replaced.  In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must:

  • Be a water customer of the City of Rohnert Park AND the owner of the property.
  • Agree to brief pre- and post-installation inspections.
  • At the pre-inspection visit lawns must be green, regularly mowed, irrigated, and well taken care of. Dead lawns or lawns already removed at the time of the pre-inspection will not be eligible for rebate.
  • Replace lawn with water-conserving plants, vegetable gardens, or other low-water-using plant material, using sufficient mulch material around new plants.
  • Modify the lawn irrigation system so that newly landscaped areas are served through a separate valve that can be controlled independently. Existing lawn sprinkler heads must be removed.
  • Install a drip system for all new plant material (sprayheads are unacceptable).
  • Agree to not reinstall turf. If turf is reinstalled, the entire rebate amount must be returned.

Applicants are ineligible for the program if:

  • You replace your lawn with a pool, building extensions, hardscape or non-drought tolerant landscaping.
  • Well water is used to irrigate the landscaping.
  • Your replacement project is irrigated with the same sprinklers as the replaced lawn area.

In order to participate applicants must:

Step 1: Call the City of Rohnert Park Office at (707) 588-3303 and schedule a brief pre-inspection visit.

Step 2: After pre-inspection of site is completed and project is approved, proceed with replacement project.
Your project must receive pre-approval in order to qualify for rebate. Project must be completed within 120 days from the date of approval.

Step 3: Schedule a post-installation inspection upon completion of project. Post-inspection must take place within the 120-day period of the pre-inspection.

Step 4: Mail in your application (make copies for your own files). Rebates are for square feet of lawn removed only. No labor or material costs will be reimbursed.

Program is available while funding lasts.

The City of Rohnert Park is committed to water conservation. City staff is here to help our residents and businesses conserve water and reduce the discharge of wastewater through a variety of programs, services, tools, tips and rebates.