Featured Story Archive

Preparing for Dry Days Ahead

April 14, 2022
Strategic investments and continued conservation by customers mean the District is well positioned to navigate dry conditions, but conservation remains critical. Read more

Water Wise in the Goleta Valley

April 13, 2022
California has officially entered another drought and many communities across the state face serious challenges ahead to manage their water supplies. While we can always hope for rain next winter and spring, no one can predict when the drought will end. Right now – though - here in the Goleta Valley thanks to the incredible conservation of our customers, and decades of investment in a diverse water supply portfolio, the community is well positioned to weather continued dry conditions. Read more

If it Rains and if it Doesn’t

February 16, 2022
With the Statewide drought declaration, there is renewed interest in the impact the 2021-22 winter storms had on District water supply. Despite a third consecutive dry winter, locally water supply conditions are such that even without additional rain the District has enough supply to avoid the need for mandatory demand reduction requirements in 2022. Read more

The District's Net Zero Initiative

January 19, 2022
How the Goleta Water District balances increasing energy use with enhanced water reliability continues to present challenges amid rising energy costs. This water-energy nexus is a key driver of the District’s new Net Zero Initiative. The District is exploring the feasibility of a system-wide renewable energy project to install solar energy systems throughout its facilities. Read more

Winter is a Great Time for Water Wise Planting

December 14, 2021
For customers interested in switching out high water use plants for water wise landscaping, winter is a great time of the year to plant. Cooler temperatures, and the onset of the rainy season (which typically runs from November through April) promote plant health and aid in successfully establishing new landscaping. Read more

Delivering a Diverse Water Supply.

April 27, 2021
The District has a diverse water supply portfolio that allows for operational flexibility in the event of a drought, conditions at Lake Cachuma, or during an emergency. The ability to draw on multiple supply sources to meet customer demand, known as blending, is a critical tool for maintaining reliable water service to the Goleta Valley. Read more

The District’s Sustainability Plan

January 21, 2021
The Goleta Water District and its customers have built an enduring legacy of conservation and sustainability. From water-thrifty use to careful supply planning and management, the District has long sought to balance competing needs with the resources and investments required to maintain infrastructure and navigate water supply challenges. One critical piece of that effort is the District’s Sustainability Plan. Read more

Fall and Winter Water Wise Planting

November 18, 2020
For customers interested in switching out high water use plants for water wise landscaping, fall and winter are the best times of the year to plant. Cooler temperatures, and the onset of the rainy season (which typically runs from November through April) promote plant health and aid in successfully establishing new landscaping. Read more

Water Supply Planning

August 20, 2020
The Goleta Valley enjoys a semi-arid climate with frequent droughts followed by moderate to heavy rainfall. Carefully managing supply and demand, and using a variety of water sources is critical to meeting customer needs in this environment. With four distinct sources, how does the District determine how much of each is needed to serve customers? Read more

The District's Distribution System

January 22, 2020
The District’s distribution system consists of 270 miles of pipeline, 8 water storage reservoirs, 6 booster stations, 9 Groundwater Production Wells, 6,500 valves, and 17,200 Service Connections. Read more