Despite the weekend’s storm, officials say drought measures, including mandatory cuts for water users in Cloverdale, Healdsburg and Willits, are still on.
The Sebastopol City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to join the City of Cotati in opposing fluoridation of Sonoma County’s drinking water, even if its own water supply would not be directly affected.
Sebastopol city officials, who oversee an independent municipal water system, are likely to take a stand Tuesday on a highly controversial county proposal to fluoridate the drinking water supply outside the city.
The Sonoma County Water Agency is proposing to use $6.6 million, more than half its reserve fund, to prevent drought-related conservation measures from causing steep rate hikes for more than 600,000 customers in Sonoma and Marin counties.
North Bay water officials are afraid that residents may not be worried enough about the state of the region’s water supply after two consecutive years of below-normal rainfall.
Sonoma County officials made their first pitch for a public power agency on Tuesday night to the Sebastopol City Council, with seven more stops to go in a campaign to enroll eight cities in a plan to supplant PG&E as their sole source of electricity.
Sonoma County is preparing to raise wholesale water rates by between 3.8 and 5 percent, the smallest annual increase since 2007. Consumers may not feel the effect directly, since the rates are charged to municipal water systems in Sonoma County, along with a few other bulk users. The cities set their rates separately and are not obligated to pass along the increases directly, and even if they do, the cost of water accounts for less than half of their yearly expenses, according to the Sonoma County Water Agency.
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is set to advance one of its most hot-button projects: a bid to introduce fluoride to most of the county’s drinking water to improve dental health.
Sonoma County government officials on Tuesday introduced a lobbying platform for 2013 that focuses on funding for infrastructure projects, health care initiatives and various energy, environmental and criminal justice efforts.