Serving Forestville Residents Along the Russian River in Sonoma County, California
Upcoming RRCWD Board Meetings
Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting
Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at 5 PM - In-Person & Zoom (Hybrid)
Location & Zoom Link
7050 Covey Rd., Forestville
At Laguna High School (the former El Molino High School).
In the large library across the hall from the public library. Read more...
(The board meeting agendas are ready to view about 72 hours before the meeting.)
Sign Up for RRCWD Emails
For RRCWD Customers Only
Sign up for RRCWD’s customer email list in our form to receive notifications about water system-related events or issues.
We will also add your current email address to your account in case we need to reach you if we can’t by phone or in person.
RCWD is Seeking a 5th Member of the Board
One of our Board Members, Ed Monroe, unexpectedly passed away in December 2022. A resident of our district has stepped up to fill his vacancy until the end of his term – through December 2023.
If anyone is interested in running for this seat on the board in November 2023, please contact Russian River Utility at 707-887-7735. Board members, as per CA Water Code section 30500, "shall be a voter of the district.” and must have their "place of residence" inside the district. There is no cost to running for the board unless the candidate wishes to have a statement appear on the ballot. It is a 4 year term starting January 2024.
You do not need a special background or training to run for a board member but you will need to be willing to learn and read about the history of the district, the workings of the district and many other details you can view on this site. The board can help with this training.
People who wish to apply to run for the board must file papers at the Registrar of Voters, Santa Rosa between July 17 and August 11, 2023. It is highly encouraged to attend the Russian River County Water District regular board meetings which are on the 4th Tuesday of the month. You can check the meeting schedule and details here.
RRCWD has a New Billing System
- Create your NEW account
- Sign Up for Paperless Billing
- Pay Your Bill
- Find Out More: HERE.
You do not have to pay by credit card. If you are paying by check, you may continue to do so.
The advantage to have an account with this new system is you can see your current balance, receive your bill electronically and see a history of your water usage.
Attention RRCWD Customers: Meter Replacement Project
Replacement of each water meter requires a brief service interruption to the property. Service interruptions may occur between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and noon and 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. At least one day prior to replacement of a customer's water meter a yellow notice will be hung on their door, or gate if the door is inaccessible.
The notice will indicate the date when water service will be temporarily interrupted. The service interruption will be 20 minutes or less. The notice also includes two phone numbers that can be used to reach out to the contractor should the customer have questions or concerns about the meter replacement process. Should a customer be unsuccessful in reaching the contractor, they are encouraged to call the District office at 707 887-7735, provide your name and number, and that information will be forwarded to the contractor who will then reach out to you.
Fire Evacuation Guidelines
- Do not water your roof or home. There is very little to no success in saving the structure by doing so.
- Shut off your irrigation.
- Widescale activation of sprinklers and hoses will dramatically reduce water pressure in your area and possibly system-wide.
- By watering your roof or house, you risk running the system out of water.
- NO Pressure + NO Water = NO Fire Protection.
Your Drinking Water Is Safe
There are no impacts from the Coronavirus to Russian River County Water District’s water system.
We want to reassure the community that Coronavirus, a respiratory illness like the flu or cold, is not spread through tap water.
Russian River County Water District uses chlorine to eliminate pathogens (this includes viruses) to ensure safe drinking water for all the customers in our service area. Your drinking water is tested regularly to ensure it meets all safe drinking water standards.
The water system management staff is highly trained and prepared for emergencies and has contingency plans in place to maintain our water supply.
Effective immediately and until further notice, water service provided by Russian River County Water District will not be terminated for nonpayment of customer bills due to financial difficulty resulting from the current crisis. And in consideration of the present crisis, any residence/business presently without water service will be reconnected without regard to nonpayment of outstanding charges.
Additionally, all late fees (if any) will be reversed. Please contact your water company (1-707-887-7735) should you see late fees assessed on your bills during this time.
Who We Are
The Russian River County Water District is a public water system established under the Water Code of the State of California. It provides fresh, safe, high-quality water for both domestic use and fire protection to just over 1,200 Forestville households nestled along the Russian River in western Sonoma County, California.
The Russian River County Water District delivers clean, high quality potable water that consistently — and readily — surpasses health standards set by the State of California.
Our sealed wells in the Russian River plain are protected from flooding, while our series of interconnected water tanks provide water for home use and a network of high pressure fire hydrants throughout our service area.
The district tests water samples monthly and, in accordance with California Department of Public Health requirements, publishes the results in an annual Water Quality Report, mailed to each household served.
The district’s board believes that investing in efficiency is the best – and the cheapest – path toward both conserving our natural water resources and the district’s long-term economic health. Chasing these goals, the board periodically offers free low-flow toilets to replace older, water-wasting models to reduce water consumption by district customers. (Toilets have been shown to be the single biggest user of water in the average home.)
Indoor Conservation Tips
- Find and repair leaks now
- Install high-efficiency toilets
- Run the dishwasher and washing machine with full loads only
- Install water- and energy-efficient appliances
- Install low-flow showerheads
- Fill the bathtub halfway or less
- Turn water off when brushing teeth or shaving
Outdoor Conservation Tips
- Reduce your watering days to once or twice per week
- Plant native or water-wise species
- Inspect and tune up irrigation system monthly
- Irrigate between midnight and 6AM to reduce water loss from evaporation and wind
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveway, deck or patio
- Use a bucket and a hose with self-closing nozzle to wash the car or take your car to a carwash that recycles water
- Cover pools and hot tubs to reduce evaporation