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Winter Conservation

Saving Water in the Winter, Can Save you Money all Year
(How Can Wintertime Conservation Lower My Bill Throughout the Entire Year?)
Winter Conservation

Did you know that your wintertime water use is what the City of Petaluma uses to determine your wastewater rate during the entire year? During the winter, most or all of the water you use is for indoor purposes (toilets, sinks, showers, laundry, dishwasher) because hopefully, your irrigation system is turned off and you are only using outdoor water on a limited basis. Because your indoor water use stays relatively consistent throughout the year, we can assume that all of the water used during the wintertime is the same amount of indoor water used throughout the entire year. This indoor water makes its way into the sewer system and is then treated by our treatment facility before being released as recycled water. We use this amount of water to calculate your wastewater bill. When you begin using outdoor water in the spring, most of this water does not enter the sewer system and therefore does not need to be treated and is not classified as wastewater.

So the more you conserve during the winter, the less your wastewater bill will be throughout the year. To learn more about utility billing and your water and wastewater rates, click here.


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Contact Information

Director, Public Works and Utilities
Dan St. John, F.ASCE
202 N. McDowell Blvd
Petaluma, CA 94954
Phone: 707-778-4546
Fax: 707.206.6034
Email: dstjohn@ci.petaluma.ca.us

Administrative Offices
202 North McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA 94954
Phone: 707.778.4546
Fax: 707.206.6034
Email: water@ci.petaluma.ca.us
Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Monday - Friday

Utility Billing
11 English Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
Phone: 707.778.4350
Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Monday – Thursday

Water, Sewer, or Storm Water Emergency
Phone: 707.778.4546

Water Conservation
Phone: 707.778.4507
Email: conservation@ci.petaluma.ca.us

Report Water Waste

Field Office
202 N. McDowell
Petaluma, CA 94954
Phone: 707.776.3777