Fall ‘20 Project Accelerator: Santa Rosa, CA

Spanish Language Water Use Efficiency Program Enhancements Our Approach Project Outcomes

Project Goal

WaterNow Alliance will partner with the City of Santa Rosa to research water use efficiency program activities’ frequency and saturation levels across Latinx communities, and to identify best practices to enhance outreach and increase water use efficiency program uptake in underserved communities.

Our Approach

The City of Santa Rosa, California has a strong commitment to water use efficiency, with programs ranging from rebates to water audits. While 32 percent of Santa Rosa residents identify as Latinx, it is unclear whether water use efficiency programs have been appropriately marketed to and utilized by the city’s Latinx community. WaterNow Alliance will work with Santa Rosa to assess whether water use efficiency program activities have occurred at the same frequency and saturation levels in Spanish-speaking and Latinx communities as in English-speaking communities. WaterNow will also work with Santa Rosa to identify best practices to enhance outreach and increase water use efficiency program uptake in Latinx communities. Engaging Latinx communities will help Santa Rosa ensure equity within the city, enabling all of its residents to take advantage of water efficiency programs and water and cost savings. This project will also support the increasing urgency of conserving water in the face of climate change, as well as Santa Rosa’s efforts to comply with California legislation around water use.

 

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