Urban Agricultural Drought Portal

Drought Information for Urban Agricultural Customers

This webpage has been created to provide 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 144 agricultural connections through its potable water system (“urban agriculture”) for primarily commercial agricultural irrigation, including crops, orchards, greenhouses, and nurseries.

Urban Ag Map Graphic REV

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 water use in 2014 increased 25% over 2013 due to persistent warm and dry conditions and other factors.

Urban Ag Portal Graphs One 170912

Click here for the Monthly Urban Agricultural Water Use 2012 ‐ Present PDF.

Click here for the Annual Urban Agricultural Water Use 2007 ‐ 2016 PDF.

The following graph provides the most recent snapshot of water use among urban agricultural customers.

Production Tracking Urban Ag Graphic 170912

Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use August 2017 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use July 2017 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use June 2017 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use May 2017 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use April 2017 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use March 2017 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use February 2017 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use January 2017 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use December 2016 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use November 2016 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use September 2016 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use August 2016 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use July 2016 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use June 2016 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use May 2016 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use April 2016 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use March 2016 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use February 2016 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use January 2016 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use December 2015 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use November 2015 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use October 2015 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use September 2015 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use August 2015 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use July 2015 PDF.
Click here for the Urban Agricultural Water Use June 2015 PDF.

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.

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 and increase in agricultural water use, 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.

Resources:

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, for additional information, or if you are interested in obtaining historical water use information on your account.
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