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CURRENT DROUGHT INFORMATION:
While there are currently no mandatory water use restrictions, customers are urged to turn off all unnecessary outside irrigation, fix any leaks promptly and participate in NMWD water conservation programs.
Educate yourself and a friend... Neighborhood Drought Information Outreach
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Want to learn more about Graywater? Attend Marin County Graywater Workshop - March 15th
IT'S A DROUGHT - SAVE WATER!
With extremely dry conditions persisting since January 2013, our region has experienced the driest calendar year on record and is currently in a drought. In winter months, 100% of Novato’s water supply is delivered from Sonoma County Water Agency’s (SCWA) Russian River system. Of particular concern is Lake Mendocino with a critically low water supply. Lake Mendocino is a key drinking water source for the cities of Ukiah, Hopland, Cloverdale and Healdsburg, provides water for agriculture on the upper Russian River and to SCWA’s Russian River water transmission system which serves Novato. Additionally, water releases from Lake Mendocino support in-stream flows in the Russian River for the threatened Chinook salmon and steelhead trout during the fall and winter seasons.
SCWA continues to work proactively with key stakeholders in the upper Russian River watershed to efficiently manage water resources. In mid December the SCWA asked the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) for authority to reduce in-stream releases in the upper Russian River. This action, now approved by the SWRCB, will help preserve water in Lake Mendocino.
Locally, Stafford Lake ais typically filling in winter months to meet summer needs. NMWD does have the ability to “back feed” Russian River water into Stafford Lake this spring so it can be available for summer use. Fortunately, Lake Sonoma, which water enters the Russian River below Healdsburg, holds ample water supply.
NMWD’s expansion of recycled water use in Novato will also help preserve available potable water supply further this year.
Welcome To North Marin Water District's Website
North Marin Water District carries out its Mission with a highly-motivated and competent staff empowered to conduct the District’s business by placing customer needs and welfare first. Each day, District employees strive to carry out their work mindful of these basic principles: Good Water, Good Service, Good Value, and A Safe Place to Work. For more information, see our Annual Report that updates customers on Fiscal Year 2012-13 and provides a snapshot of our current efforts and financial performance.
NOVATO WATER RATE INCREASE
The District Board of Directors held a public hearing on May 24, 2011, and adopted 3 annual rate increases averaging 11% each on June 1 of 2011, 2012 and 2013. For an estimate of your 2013 Cost of Water Service with the 6/1/2013 rate increase in effect please view the NMWD Water Cost Calculator below.
NOVATO RECYCLED WATER EXPANSION PROGRAM
North Marin Water District (NMWD) is pursuing both short-term and long-term improvements to water supply reliability in Novato. Expanding the use of recycled water as a sustainable local water supply in Novato is one such improvement. NMWD has identified various properties with large landscape areas in Novato as potential sites to use recycled water for irrigation and has completed the installation of a new pipeline for delivery of recycled water in the North, and South Service Areas of Novato (See Maps linked below). Construction work on the Central Service Area is tentatively scheduled to start in 2018. To help inform and update you on the progress of the Novato Recycled Water Expansion Program, NMWD has produced a series of informational materials which include:
Novato Recycled Water Program Summary providing a general overview of the program and general information on recycled water
B. NORTH/CENTRAL SERVICE AREA
Novato North Service Area- Construction completed in September 2012
North Central Service Area- Tentative Construction to start in 2018
C. SOUTH SERVICE AREA
Novato South Service Area- Construction completed in July 2013
AQUEDUCT ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECT
Approximately 4 miles of the existing North Marin Aqueduct from Kastania Pump Station to Redwood Landfill requires relocation to accommodate the CalTrans US Highway 101 Marin-Sonoma Narrows Widening Project.
NMWD’s AEE Project is enlarging the North Marin Aqueduct coincident with the required relocation to eliminate the need for the Kastania Pump Station and the resulting energy demand, associated green house gases and costs.