Due to Wildfires, Conserve Water Immediately
Due to several wildfires burning in Sonoma County, we are urging all Santa Rosa Water customers to conserve water immediately. Sonoma Water is closely monitoring the situation, and there are currently no impacts to water quality or water supply.
This is an emergency water conservation situation.
The wildfires in Sonoma County could threaten the source of our public drinking water supply. Our drinking water comes from the Russian River, via the Sonoma Water aqueduct, into Santa Rosa where it is delivered to homes and businesses. The more water we can store now for essential needs and firefighting, the better prepared we will be during this emergency. LEARN MORE
Take the following steps to conserve water immediately:
- Turn off ALL outdoor water for irrigation
- Reduce indoor water use as much as possible
- Take fewer and shorter showers
- Flush toilets only for solids
- Postpone laundry washing
- Wait to run the dishwasher until it’s full
- Postpone washing of vehicles and other outdoor water uses
- Turn off auto-fill valves to pools, spas, decorative fountains and ponds, or delay adding water manually
- Set water softening systems to bypass auto-regeneration cycles for the duration of the emergency
- Use a bucket to catch and reuse water when washing fruits and vegetables and when waiting for hot water from faucets, showers, and tubs. Use for watering potted or in-ground plants inside or outside your home, or for toilet flushing by pouring into the toilet bowl.
Now, more than ever, our water is precious. Every drop counts!
For more water saving tips and resources from Santa Rosa Water, visit srcity.org/WaterSmart
To learn more about Sonoma Water and potential impacts to our water supply, visit sonomawater.org/fire
City Names Evacuation Zones
With lightning-strike wildfires burning to the east and west, the City of Santa Rosa expedited the release of designated evacuation zones, creating three for Oakmont—Oakmont South, Oakmont North and Stonebridge.
Officials said the early release of the new maps for large-scale evacuations came to “clear up evacuation zone questions for City of Santa Rosa residents.”
These are not normal times – not even close. Younger audiences might not remember when chaos and conflict didn’t reign, but we do. And we must not let go of that memory. Chaos is not humanity’s optimal state. And we must always remember that peaceful coexistence and kindness, rather than conflict and cruelty, is our best destiny.
Yes, it does. Please be mindful of wearing a mask whenever you’re out and about. Too many people don’t seem to be aware that masks are required on the pool decks and are going without. Your mask is the last thing you should take off before stepping into the water. Help make a difference.
CHECK IT OUT
Wildfires have started. But it’s not too late to start or fine tune fire preparedness plans. Cal Fire can help with easy-to-use tools, including a quick personalized survey that will produce a checklist. You can also sign up for text messages from the agency.
Here’s a link to all the planning tools. https://plan.readyforwildfire.org.
HELP TO GET US THROUGH THIS HEAT WAVE.
TIPS FROM PG&E
Adjust your air conditioning thermostat to 78 degrees or higher, 85 degrees when you are not at home.
Cool your home to below normal levels in the morning and reduce your air conditioning during the afternoon hours.
Use a ceiling fan when using the air conditioner that will allow the thermostat to be raised about four degrees.
Draw your window coverings.
Avoid using large appliances such as the oven. Instead, cook on the stove or use a microwave or grill outside.
Limit the opening of refrigerators.
Turn off unnecessary lighting.
Run your washing machine, dryer and dishwasher early in the day.
COMMENTING ON NEW OR REVISED POLICIES
Whenever there is a new or revised policy under consideration by the OVA Board, it is posted in the Oakmont News to give residents 28 days to weigh in with their opinions, concerns or support. Currently, the proposed Fire-wise Landscape Policy is available for review. If you have issues or questions about a policy that is in the review period, note your issues and address them to the Board at
THE LONG-RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE WANTS YOU
The LRPC is looking for new members who are interested in enthusiastically looking at the trends that will help determine the direction and planning of our community over the next decades. Please submit a letter indicating your interest and background to: Jan Young at email@example.com.
OVA Support for Online Activities
Anita Roraus is now available to help Oakmont Clubs, Classes, and Organizations with online activities such as Zoom meetings.
Anita will also be collecting information on existing activities. If you know of a Club, Class or Organization that has a scheduled meeting, please send her that information.
If you have information or need help, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will be an expanding program as we understand better the needs and opportunities for increasing Oakmont Online Activities.
Working Together for Emergency Preparedness
Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) is a powerful program of neighbors helping neighbors in the critical first hours of an emergency.
Join Katy Carrel, Ann Benson, Matt Zwerling and Pat Barclay for a one-hour Zoom meeting to learn more about how this program saves lives and property before the first responders arrive. The program is actively endorsed and promoted by the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC).
To learn more, please register to attend a one-hour Zoom meeting on:
Saturday, August 22 at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, August 25 at 1 p.m.
To receive the Zoom invitation for this meeting, email MYNoakmont@gmail.com with your interest in attending. Attendance for each meeting is limited to the first 100 people.
A NEW OAKMONT GRIEF GROUP – SUPPORT IS ON THE WAY
An Oakmont Grief Group was approved by OVA during the Covid-19 shelter-in-place mandate. As we await Oakmont’s reopening for person-to-person grief counseling, St. Joseph’s Hospice is inviting all Oakmont residents to make contact for tele-health individual and virtual group counseling.
St. Joseph Hospice Services continues to support the Oakmont community by offering hospice care and grief support services. It has adapted its hospice services to be able to care for our community safely and remotely through phone and tele-health visits. Individual and group grief support is available to anyone in Sonoma County, free of charge. For more information on its hospice care or for grief support following the death of a loved one, please call the Memorial Hospice office at 568-1094. No religious affiliation required. All are welcome.
FITNESS, BALANCE AND STRENGTH CLASSES
CORRECTION TO REGISTRATION/SECTION NUMBERS
The following classes were listed in the Oakmont News with incorrect registration/section numbers. The following are correct:
Fitness and Strength. MWF 7:30 a.m. OAP 507. Section 2971
Stretch and Strength. T/Th 7:30 a.m. OAP 507. Section 2691
Balance and Strength. F 9:30 a.m. OAP. 507. Section 2039
Zoom registration is at
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NEW HOURS AT WELLS FARGO POST OFFICE
New Post Office Hours
6586 Oakmont Drive Santa Rosa CA 95409
Open Monday through Friday – 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Closed for breaks from:
10:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.
12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Pick up times will remain the same:
2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Nature’s Light Show
From Mary Costa