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Santa Rosa moves ahead on alternate water supply

Santa Rosa is accelerating efforts to find suitable locations for wells that could supply residents with drinking water in an emergency, a move that comes amid an ongoing contract dispute with its longtime consultant on the project.

Sonoma County Water Agency launches conservation effort

Sonoma and Marin county water agencies have begun urging customers to conserve water in the face of the worst drought the region has seen in at least a century.

Santa Rosa raises rent on city-owned home

Santa Rosa is sharply increasing the rent on a house a city employee has occupied below market rate for 17 years.

State tightens rules for Santa Rosa’s wastewater discharge into Laguna

State water quality regulators have tightened environmental restrictions on Santa Rosa’s wastewater treatment plant in an effort to protect the health of the Laguna de Santa Rosa over the objections of city officials who questioned whether the tougher regulations are justified.

The new five-year permit governing the city’s discharges of treated wastewater into the Laguna contain a controversial prohibition on the release of phosphorus into the Laguna, which is listed as an impaired waterway.

Tenants of city-owned Santa Rosa homes to be evicted

Santa Rosa is evicting two families who’ve lived rent-free for six years in city-owned houses near the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Santa Rosa’s wastewater bond ratings improve

The rating on certain Santa Rosa bonds was raised this week by an agency that sees improvement in the financial health of the city’s utilities department.

Santa Rosa hires from within for utilities post

Santa Rosa conducted a nationwide search for its new utilities director, but it tapped someone close to home for the job. Effective Wednesday, David Guhin, 37, will replace Miles Ferris, who retires this week after 27 years with the city.

Santa Rosa to vie for Tour of California

Santa Rosa hopes to continue its involvement with the Amgen Tour of California next year, possibly as host for the eighth and final stage of the professional bicycle race.