Stage III Water Shortage Emergency Information

On May 12, 2015 the Goleta Water District Board of Directors declared a Stage III Water Shortage Emergency, with mandatory water use restrictions and changes to watering times. The Goleta Valley remains in extreme drought conditions and water conservation is still critical to ensure adequate supplies for drinking, health and public safety. The District is targeting a 35% district-wide reduction in water usage. 

The declaration is consistent with the requirements of the District’s adopted Drought Preparedness and Water Shortage Contingency Plan and statewide emergency conservation regulations adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board.  The District Board also amended the District Code to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order.  For a full list of the new restrictions, click here.  



Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.

Click here for the Stage III Water Water Shortage Emergency Information Sheet.

Drought-Related Forms and Information

Exceptions to the water use restrictions may be granted under certain circumstances. Click here for more information.

Enforcement and Penalties


Water use restrictions are in place at all times and actively enforced until such time that the District Board of Directors lifts the Stage III Water Shortage Declaration. District enforcement always begins with education regarding the restrictions and information about tools and resources available to assist customers in conserving water and complying with rules.

  • First Violation: Written warning
  • Second Violation: Notice of Violation
  • Third Violation: $100 fine
  • Fourth Violation: $250 fine
  • Subsequent Violations: $500 fine and possible installation of a meter flow restrictor or service termination

To report a possible leak, water runoff, or other water waste, please call (805) 964-6761 and press 2 to leave a message for District staff who will follow-up on the report, or send an email to Turn on Javascript!. Please include specifics such as the location or address, the nature of the problem, and the time and date the problem was observed. Photos of the incidents are helpful and may be emailed to the above email address.




While a Stage III declaration establishes mandatory water use restrictions and prohibitions, the District is offering ways to help the community learn more about how they can conserve. Click here for water conservation tips, resources and information.

The District has a number of conservation incentive and rebate programs, including rebates for water wise landscape installation, and other water efficient activities. Customers are encouraged to consult the District for additional information on the programs. Please call (805) 964-6761 for more information.