Drought Update

Southern Santa Barbara County remains in drought. Lake Cachuma managed to reach 40% capacity this winter, but rainfall was below average and during the summer months downstream water rights releases that will begin in August are expected to leave the lake at 30% capacity. The groundwater basin is approaching historic lows, and drought conditions continue to grip the region. The Goleta Valley is now in its seventh year of the most severe drought on record. 

Lake levels are still below normal conditions. Until we receive another “normal” or above average year of rainfall, conservation remains critical.  

Stage III drought restrictions remain in place. For a full list of restrictions, including watering times and days, click here.