Featured Story Archive

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

Rebates Available!

August 25, 2016
Save water indoors and outdoors! The District is 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). 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 and Water

August 5, 2016
Myths and Facts About Development Myth:  The District is issuing new water allocations during a water shortage. 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… Read more

District Delivering Recycled Water to Help with Sherpa Fire Clean Up

June 28, 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

Lake Cachuma: Running on Empty

April 13, 2016
With winter rains below average for the fifth year in a row, Lake Cachuma is below 15% of capacity and is anticipated to decline further over the summer. Even as green vegetation has sprung up on the hillsides, and plants are flowering, at 72% of average rainfall this year to date countywide there hasn't been enough rain for the Santa Ynez River to run sufficiently to get inflow into the lake. It is… Read more

Preparing for Continued Drought Even with Predicted Rain

February 25, 2016
While everyone is hopeful that El Niño will bring much needed rain, as we enter the remaining few months of the rainy season, the community remains in a severe drought. Read more