Landscape Irrigation Customer Drought Portal

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Drought information for Landscape Irrigation (LSIR) Customers

This webpage provides Goleta Water District Landscape Irrigation (LSIR) customers with up-to-date statistics and information on current water supplies, demand, and the effect of the ongoing drought on the Goleta Valley.  The LSIR customer class includes District customers with dedicated landscape meters for irrigating and maintaining outdoor areas.  Customers in this category included those watering parks, for recreation, golf courses, schools, office buildings, parking lots, cemeteries, and others.

Conservation to Date

The District is currently in a Stage III Water Shortage Emergency and is targeting a 35% reduction in water use from its customers, including landscape irrigation customers, to help ensure adequate water supplies remain available. LSIR water use dropped by 50% in 2017 compared to 2013! As the drought deepens, continued conservation is needed.

LSIR Chart 2 Change in Use 190116
Click here for the % Change in Landscape Irrigation Use PDF.


LSIR customers are eligible for the following rebate programs to improve water use efficiency and save water and money. 

Water Savings Incentive Program

The program enables qualified LSIR customers to achieve water efficiency through individualized projects by providing rebates for the installation of water saving equipment.  By conserving water, these projects encourage efficient use of water resources and improve water supply reliability.  

Eligible expenses and other program information is available here:

Smart Landscape Rebate Program

The program provides incentives to LSIR customers to replace water thirsty landscapes and inefficient irrigation with water-wise plants and irrigation.  Rebates cover a portion of the cost of pre-approved design, irrigation equipment, and landscape materials. Projects must be approved in advance and landscapes for new construction are not eligible. The program is not retroactive. Sales receipts and/or contractor invoices are required for all rebates. 

Eligible expenses and other program information is available here:

Free Mulch Delivery

The District offers two free deliveries of screened or unscreened mulch (approximately 7-10 yards) through the County of Santa Barbara (limited to $80 per delivery or an annual maximum of $160 per fiscal year). Applying mulch to landscaping helps slow evaporation, cool and protect the soil, and increase the permeability of soil, reducing the need to irrigate.

Eligible expenses and other program information is available here:

Stage III Water Shortage Emergency

The District is currently in a Stage III Water Shortage Emergency and is targeting a 35% reduction in water use from its landscape irrigation customers to help ensure adequate water supplies remain available. The Stage III water use restrictions directly impacting LSIR customers include:

  • Outdoor landscape irrigation remains limited to no more than two times per week during early or late evening hours, and is prohibited within 48 hours of measurable rainfall:
    • Manual watering (including with a sprinkler attached to a hose) is now only allowed before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m., any two days per week.
    • Use of fixed (i.e., installed) sprinkler systems for landscape irrigation customers is limited to Tuesdays and Fridays, before 6 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
    • Public parks, athletic fields, and golf courses may now water no more than two days per week, before 6 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
  • No Excessive Irrigation.  Irrigating in a manner that results in runoff to adjacent property or non-irrigated areas, such as sidewalks, gutters, storm drains, and driveways, is prohibited.
  • Uncorrected Plumbing Leaks.  Plumbing system leaks, breaks, or other system failures must be corrected within 48 hours of discovery.
  • Hose Nozzles Required.  All hoses must be equipped with a shut-off nozzle.
  • No Washing Down Sidewalks or Other Hard Surfaces. This includes driveways, parking lots, open ground, and other paved surfaces, with the exception of the use of a pressure washer where necessary for maintenance, limited to once every two months where necessary to address immediate health and safety hazards, and where necessary to prepare paved surfaces for sealing.


Landscape irrigation use is influenced by weather conditions, such as temperature, rainfall, wind and humidity.  July through September are the highest water usage months. 

LSIR Chart 1 Water Usage By Customer Type


The District’s supply portfolio includes Lake Cachuma, the Goleta Groundwater Basin, the State Water Project, and recycled water.  The current drought has reduced the available supply from potable water supply sources, including a 40% allocation of normal Cachuma supplies, limited pipeline capacity for State Water deliveries, and declining groundwater levels.  Recycled water has not been affected and does not have any drought-related usage restrictions.


Goleta Water District Rebates and Incentives

Santa Barbara County Rainfall and Reservoir Summary

Santa Barbara County Public Works (rainfall, reservoir, stream, and other hydrologic related information and data)

Please contact Ryan Drake, Water Supply and Conservation Manager, with any questions or for additional information.
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