Urban Agricultural Drought Portal
Drought Information for Urban Agricultural Customers
This webpage provides Goleta Water District urban agricultural 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 GWD serves approximately 145 agricultural connections through its potable water system (“urban agriculture”) for primarily commercial agricultural irrigation, including crops, orchards, greenhouses, and nurseries.
The District is currently in a Stage III Water Shortage Emergency and is targeting a 40% reduction in demand from its agricultural customers to help ensure adequate water supplies remain available.
Urban agricultural customer water supplies include Lake Cachuma, groundwater, and State water. Reducing agricultural water use helps conserve each source of supply and extend the availability of all supplies for the entire Goleta Valley. The following graph provides the most recent snapshot of water use among urban agricultural customers.
In water shortage Stage I (declared in March 2014) and Stage II (declared in September 2014), the District did not impose mandatory irrigation restrictions or demand reductions on agricultural customers. Due to the continued severity of the current drought, Stage III (declared by the Board on May 12, 2015) includes restrictions on the use of overhead sprinklers on outdoor commercial crops and orchards. Outdoor crops and orchards irrigated with overhead sprinklers may be watered before 10:00 A.M. and after 4:00 P.M. This does not apply to the use of drip or micro-spray irrigation, or irrigation of indoor greenhouses.
For a full list of Stage III restrictions click here.
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, for additional information, or if you are interested in obtaining historical water use information on your account.