Stage I Water Shortage Information

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On April 9, 2019 in response to an increased allocation of surface water supplies from Lake Cachuma the Goleta Water District Board of Directors lowered the Water Shortage Emergency from a Stage III to a Stage I.  Under Stage l, the drought surcharge has been eliminated and restrictions on watering days and times have been lifted.

The declaration is consistent with the requirements of the District’s adopted Drought Preparedness and Water Shortage Contingency Plan.  While conservation is now voluntary, water waste prohibitions remain in effect: water runoff is prohibited, and leaks must be fixed within 24 hours.  State Prohibitions on water waste are now permanent, and the following are prohibited state-wide:

  • Potable water may not be used to wash down sidewalks and driveways.
  • Runoff caused by irrigation is prohibited.
  • Vehicles must be washed using a hose with a shutoff nozzle.
  • Decorative water features must use recirculated water.
  • Outdoor irrigation is prohibited during and within 48 hours following measurable rainfall.

After nearly eight years of drought, it will be some time before the District’s water supply portfolio returns to normal, so please continue to use water wisely.

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.

There is no drought surcharge associated with a Stage I Water Shortage.  Accordingly, the cost of water will decrease to the current effective base rate charged to each customer class.  As the Board’s action is occurring during the middle of the April billing cycle (April 1 – April 30), the termination of the drought surcharge will be reflected on bills generated from meters read at the beginning of the next cycle (May 1 – May 31).  The water consumption charges associated with these bills will be prorated such that water used on or after May 1, 2019 will not be subject to the surcharge.

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.

The District continues to offer rebates to support customers in conservation. Click here for more information on available rebates, or visit for water conservation tips, resources and information.