by Paul Helliker
On October 13, a tolling agreement was entered between Sonoma County Water Agency and the City of Santa Rosa. Pursuant to this agreement, Sonoma County Water Agency agreed to suspend any further action to rescind its application for an additional 26,000 acre-feet per year of water supply from Lake Sonoma. Santa Rosa agreed to suspend its litigation concerning SCWA’s breach of its contract responsibilities to provide future water supplies. During the term of the tolling agreement, Santa Rosa will work with its fellow retail water contractors (including MMWD) to establish a collaborative effort with SCWA to update the 2006 Urban Water Management Plan. This process will answer the questions of how much water conservation and water recycling will be possible by 2030, what water supply will be needed to meet the needs of a growing population, and what is the most cost-effective infrastructure to install to meet those needs. This update is required to be completed by the end of 2010.