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 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.
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.
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 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.