PETALUMA, Calif., Oct.29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – A private investigative firm retained by a Sonoma County resident who is owned by SOSN, a coalition of neighborhood residents advocating the common sense cultivation of commercial marijuana in the Sonoma County, found that during this unprecedented drought, cannabis growers reportedly trucked large amounts of municipal water to their grow sites. California is facing the driest year in the last century, and county officials have asked residents to cut water consumption by 20% this summer and avoid growing vegetables, avoiding washing vehicles and taking fewer showers. Based on its observations, the PI firm report alleges that cannabis growers profited from these sacrifices by sourcing city water for residents only and irrigating their own crops instead.
All cities in Sonoma County prohibit the use of standpipe water for cannabis operations, and the State of California specifically allows cannabis operators to receive water only from pre-approved sources and recorded. The California Water Board can shut down growers for unauthorized water use. The Sonoma County Cannabis Ordinance requires enough water on site to grow on a sustainable basis. Any grow site that requires the use of municipal water by truck does not have a sustainable water source.
The PI report gathered evidence during a two-day lookout at city fire hydrants that allegedly had unusually high activity with tankers repeatedly filling and turning over, up to 7 to 8 times. per day. This report provides abundant evidence and photographs of municipal water allegedly carried to cannabis cultivation on Purvine Road in the dairy belt. Operation on Purvine Rd requires 2 million gallons of water per crop, an unsustainable amount due to the low availability of groundwater in this area. PI’s report also provides abundant evidence and photographs of municipal water allegedly carried to several locations that collectively resulted in 19 Sonoma County cultivation permits.
Similar water violations have reportedly been reported elsewhere based on abundant eyewitness information. Relevant Sonoma County officials have refused to investigate or refer the case to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office or the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office.
SOSN is a coalition of neighborhood residents who advocate for the common sense cultivation of commercial marijuana in Sonoma County.
Learn more at www.sosneighbourhoods.com and facebook.com/SaveOurSonomaNeighbourhoods.
Contact: [email protected] 510 599 5272
Source: Save Our Sonoma Neighborhoods
Image 1: A water hauler allegedly filled the tanks of a cannabis grower with town water from SR
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Image 3: A transporter allegedly filled the tanks of a cannabis grower with town water from SR
Image 4: A transporter allegedly connected his tanker to the Dutton Rd SR fire hydrant
Image 6: A transporter allegedly filled the tanks of a cannabis grower with town water from SR
Image 7: A transporter allegedly filled the tanks of a cannabis grower with town water from SR
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Water hauler allegedly filled cannabis grower’s tanks with SR town water