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Even With Winter Rains, the Community Remains in Drought

April 11, 2017
The last five years of below average rainfall produced extreme drought conditions, and recent rains have not been enough to make up for that deficit. Read more

District Goes to Court to Protect Goleta Groundwater Resources

August 29, 2016
On February 13, 2015, the Goleta Water District (District) filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief (Complaint) in the Superior Court of Santa Barbara County against the owners of a private ranch in the Goleta Foothills... Read more

New Rebates Available!

August 25, 2016
Save water indoors and outdoors! The District is now offering rebates of up to $150 to residential customers toward the purchase of water efficient washing machines. The District is also offering free deliveries of screened or unscreened mulch from the County of Santa Barbara (up to two deliveries per year, not to exceed $80 per delivery). For more information on Water Efficient Washing Machine Rebates… Read more

Who Approves Development?

August 15, 2016
The Goleta Water District (District) is not a land use agency and does not have the authority to approve development projects. The District simply serves water to homes, businesses, and agricultural operations in its service area.  Determining whether or not proposed projects will have adverse impacts on the community is the responsibility of a land use planning agency, which within the District service… Read more

Development During Drought

August 5, 2016
Myths and Facts About Development Myth:  The District is issuing new water allocations during the drought. Fact:  No. Under the SAFE Water Supplies Ordinance, the District has not issued any new water allocations since October 2014. The District is not obligated to provide new water service once a water shortage emergency has been declared if a proposed project does not have a pre-existing right to… Read more

Water Quality FAQ

August 2, 2016
A limited number of District customers have recently called about discoloration in the water. Why is my water dark brown? Brown water results from an increase of iron and manganese, both of which are naturally occurring in groundwater and may settle in the pipes and pose no health risks. Due to the drought, the District is relying on groundwater which is very hard and contains a number of minerals.… Read more

District Delivering Recycled Water to Help with Sherpa Fire Clean Up

June 27, 2016
On June 24, 2016, the Goleta Water District (District) delivered and applied recycled water through its Recycled Water Hauling Program (RWHP) for dust control and clean-up activities associated with the Sherpa Fire.  4,000 gallons of recycled water were applied by the District in cooperation with Santa Barbara County Fire and the U.S. Forest Service, and applications will continue for several days. … Read more

Sherpa Fire Update

June 21, 2016
The Sherpa Fire reminds us that with another long dry summer of drought ahead, conservation remains critical.  Please help conserve water for public health and safety by reducing water use. How is the District supporting firefighting efforts? The Goleta Water District is coordinating with Unified Command to ensure awareness of District resources, and has participated in briefings with the Emergency… Read more

The Goleta Valley Remains in Severe Drought

June 14, 2016
Thank you to Goleta Water District customers for all their water saving efforts. We are encouraged by the recent winter rains, but Lake Cachuma is still below 50%. Even with conservation the Goleta Valley remains in severe drought.  Reducing outdoor watering now conserves water for public health and safety. Since as much as half of residential water is used by outdoor irrigation, the easiest way to… Read more

Severe Drought Continues - Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

June 10, 2016
The severe drought continues in the Goleta Valley, and the Stage III Water Shortage Emergency remains in effect.  The lack of rainfall over the last several years means that as we enter the summer months, fire season has already begun.  Please help conserve water for public health and safety. For a full list of current drought restrictions, including mandatory outdoor water restrictions, and assigned… Read more